If Homophobia Was a Winter Olympic Sport, Russia Would Be a Gold Medal Contender
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This Friday, the Winter Olympics open in the Russian resort of Sochi amid great controversy over the Putin regime's homophobic policies, which clearly violate the anti-discrimination Principle 6 of the Olympic Charter.
For me, queer freedom knows no borders. Over the last decade or so, amazing positive gains have been won by the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) communities in Britain. We've gone from being the country with the largest number of homophobic laws in the world in 1999, to having some the best laws on sexual orientation and gender identity today.
But I am an internationalist, not a nationalist. We must not give up the fight until every LGBT person on this planet has equal human rights, respect, dignity and opportunity.
That's why I am passionately opposed to what is now happening to LGBT people in Russia. L-R Peter Tatchell and Stephen Fry at the recent protest outside the Russian Embassy in London
After a brief period of post-communist liberalisat
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