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200 writers and Google against Russian homophobic laws
(Blogmensgo, gay blog on 9 February 2014) Some 200 writers from around the world, including four Nobel laureates, have co-authored a February 6, 2014 open letter calling for "revoke now" Russian laws against blasphemy and homosexuality.
The signatories include rebelled against "the alleged gay" propaganda "" and "ban" promotion "of homosexuality." They ask - without mentioning his name - Russian President Vladimir Putin to rule the freedom of speech and diversity of opinion, consubstantial with "a healthy democracy."
No fewer than four Nobel Laureates for Literature (Günter Grass, Wole Soyinka, Orhan Pamuk and Elfriede Jelinek) and 30 different countries are represented in the list of signatories. The list contains names of writers and writers of all sexual orientations. With the "heads using" Margaret Atwood, Paul Auster, Russell Banks, Julian Barnes, Jonathan Franzen, Siri Hustvedt and Salman Rushdie.
The great literary notice the presence of two American gay writers octogenarians, playwright Edward Albee (who refuses to label gay writer, but his adoptive mother drove and disinherited when he was 18 because he was gay) and American poet John Ashbery - I did not know they were still alive.
The official position of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) is that discrimination based on sexual orientation, it is very ugly, but that "domestic or foreign policy challenge" at sporting events, it's very ugly too. Dixit IOC President,Pontius Pilate Thomas Bach.
Lesbians and gay athletes present are invited to Sochi, Russia as the IOC, not to mention their homosexuality or bisexuality or by words or by conduct, or by symbols.
Solidarity with their colleagues imprisonedselected in Sochi, several top athletes recently out of the closet. It has been suggested there is a month coming out of Thomas Hitzlsperger . The Ari-Pekka Liukkonen swimmer has also just come out . Unlike the German footballer, the young Finn 24 years, Olympic medal in London in 2012, has not yet retiring from the sport.
How many gay or lesbians in Sochi athletes? They are only seven, three boys and four girls, to have publicly revealed their homosexuality (I quote from memory). Whatever the actual number, they have a new weight support: Google, which splits today a doodle (cf. temporary logo above) celebrating in his own way the official opening of the Olympic Games winter in Sochi. In its own way, that is to say parrying six athletes stylized arc-en-ciel in six colors.
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