In 2013 Russia adapted the federal law banning “propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations among minors,” which is one of many anti-LBGT laws adapted or proposed that year. This law makes it illegal to say anything positive about being gay publically, telling a child that there is nothing wrong with being gay and even makes it illegal for children to be raised by gay parents. If those living in Russia violate this law in any way they are faced with hefty fines.
This law proves that life for LGBT people in Russia is only getting worse. Violence against LGBT people has escalated in 2013 and plans to rise even more due to the Olympic games.
To make matters even worse, Russian officials have began to stigmatize homosexuality through stating that they are equal to pedophiles. During a meeting in January at one of the Olympic locations Russia’s president stated that gay people are welcome in Sochi and will be comfortable there but he asked them to “leave the children in peace.”
The reaction from the president is believed and stated by the Human Rights Watch Organization to be irresponsible and extremely dangerous. The fact that officials are claiming that LGBT is linked to pedophilia is only increasing the violence that was already high to begin with. Since late 2012, a group called “Occupy Pedophilia” have been harassing and attacking gay people under the belief that they are fighting pedophilia and protecting children. They accomplish this goal through luring men seeking a same-sex encounter to discreet locations and then abusing them both physically and verbally while recording the proceedings on video. The group then posts the videos on various social networking sites to further humiliate the victim. You can see the abuse being done in the video below which further explains this groups actions.
I believe that if the principle of non-discrimination is a core provision of the Olympic Charter then the Olympics should not be held in countries that do not share the similar belief. The Olympics have only highlighted and brought attention to the abuse LGBT people face on a daily basis but Olympic officials should be doing more to prevent this violent behavior from happening. Through allowing the Olympics to be held in Sochi only shows that the Olympics support the anti-gay laws in Russia which means that they are not supporting what is stated in their charter. I feel that a rule should be put in place that the games should only be held in countries that are free of discrimination which could be an incentive for officials who are in countries with high anti-gay laws to lift them in order to host future games.