Toronto to Host Pride House During Russian Olympics

Author: , December 1st, 2013

TorontoToronto is carrying on an Olympic tradition that had its beginnings in Vancouver, but has been outlawed for the Winter Games in Sochi. Both Vancouver, in 2010, and London, for the 2012 Summer Olympics, had a Pride House – a safe space and resource centre for gay athletes, coaches, volunteers and visitors. But Russia denied an application for a Pride House in Sochi, where the anti-gay climate is sure to be one of the stories of the Games.

And so Toronto will host its own Pride House in February, to celebrate the Games and shine a spotlight on Russia’s anti-gay laws.

“We hope to use that as an opportunity to raise awareness for LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) peoples human rights in Russia, to celebrate the Russian community, and the LGBT community in Russia in ways that we don’t see happening now,” said Barbara Besharat, of PrideHouse Toronto.

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Russian Gay Group Plans Games After Sochi Olympics

Author: , October 30th, 2013

RussiaA group in Russia has announced plans to hold a “gay games” in Moscow just days after the Winter Olympics take place in Sochi in February 2014.

Russia has been heavily criticised because a federal bill banning gay “propaganda”, which was signed into law by Russia’s President Vladimir Putin in June.

It prescribes fines for providing information about homosexuality to people under the age of 18 – ranging from 4,000 roubles (#78) for an individual to 1m roubles (#19,620) for organisations.

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London World Pride, Olympics, Festival Kicking Off Soon

Author: , June 22nd, 2012

Gay Travel: London World Pride, Olympics, Festival Kicking Off SoonLondon is the place to be this summer–with World Pride (June 23-July 8) and the London 2012 Olympics kicking off on July 27. There is also the London 2012 Festival, which will run for 12 weeks, along side the Olympics until the last day of the London 2012 Paralympic Games on September 9. The Festival is billed as an “explosion of arts and creativity” and will be held not just in London, but throughout the UK.

According to BBC News, the Festival involves 25,000 artists from all 204 competing Olympic nations in 12,000 events and performances at 900 venues all over the UK. Many of the events are free.

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Olympics Pride House Banned in Russia for 2014 Olympics

Author: , March 18th, 2012

Russia Olympics 2014 and the Pride HouseA judge in Russia has this week upheld the Ministry of Justice’s ban on organizing a Pride House for LGBT athletes at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi. In her decision, Svetlana Mordovina reiterated several of the claims that have motivated recent legislation to ban the distribution of gay “propaganda,” including that homosexuality threatens children and families and undermines national security:

MORDOVINA: The aims of the organization contradict the basics of public morality and the policy of the state in the area of family motherhood and childhood protection. The activities of the [Pride House] movement leads to propaganda of non-traditional sexual orientation which can undermine the security of the Russian society and the state, provoke social-religious hatred, which is the feature of the extremist character of the activity. Moreover it can undermine the sovereignty and the territorial integrity of the Russian Federation due to the decrease of Russia’s population.

Such aims as creating an understanding of the necessity to fight against homophobia and the creation of positive attitudes towards LGBT sportsmen contradicts with the basics of public morality because they are directed towards the increase of the number of citizens of sexual minorities which breaches the understanding of good and evil, good and bad, vice and virtue.

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Pride House for 2012 London Olympics Revealed

Author: , December 23rd, 2011

London Olympics Pride House RevealedLast year, the 2010 Winter Olympics held in Vancouver were the first to host a Pride House–a safe haven for LGBT competitors and a place to break down barriers of homophobia and transphobia in the sports arena.

Now, as the world readies for next year’s Summer Olympics, organizers have unveiled the official plans for Pride House London, located in Clapham Common in the southwest part of the city.

Chad Molleken, the Executive Director of Pride House London, said, “Next summer Pride House will welcome athletes, dignitaries, media, Londoners and visitors from around the world with a dynamic and entertaining programme in support of the LGBT community.”

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Vancouver's Pride House: A Safe Place for Gay/Lesbian Olympians

Author: , February 20th, 2010

So about five of us were lounging around the TV at a gay hangout called Pride House on the west end Friday, when the mayor suddenly walks in. No, that’s not the start of a cheeky joke, it’s actually a summary of how we spent our day.

Gregor Robertson was there because that’s what you do when you’re a progressive politician who made his money selling organic juice and still rides his bike to work when weather permits: You embrace whatever constituency will hug you back.

It would seem like he’s got enough to do with a city of two million people and the Winter Olympics in his front yard, but he seems like a guy who can multitask.

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