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Support for Gay Rights at the 2014 Winter Olympics Games

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The world is tuned in to the Winter 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia; the emphasis has been put on security and the threat of terrorism. However, according to The Globe and Mail, Canada’s National Newspaper published February 6, 2014, the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon used this opportunity to comment on Russia’s propaganda and anti-gay legislation. He is quoted as saying, “We must all raise our voices against attacks on lesbians, gays, bisexual, trans-gender, or intersex people. We must oppose the arrest, imprisonment and discriminatory restrictions they face,” Mr. Ban said in an address to the International Olympic Committee.”

Furthermore any political propaganda is forbidden during the Olympics.

This timely speech casts a shadow on the Olympic Games and the spirit of community and sharing. Gay discrimination is a hot topic which affects the mental health of the gay and lesbian community.

José Bauermeister, the John G. Searle Assistant Professor of Health Behavior and Health Education and director of the University of Michigan Center for Sexuality and Health Disparities found that public opinion has affected the dreams of young gay and bisexual men who do not feel comfortable in the general community. Bauremeister found that dreams of being fathers have been seriously quashed due to public opinion which in turn has affected their mental health.

Furthermore according to the American Psychological Association certain members of the gay and lesbian community suffer from higher rates of depression, stress and anxiety. There are also studies pointing to higher rates of suicide among this population as well.

The Russian gay community is asking for support from the world during the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.

Canadian response

Canada has responded with support for the gay community during this Winter Olympics and beyond. International Business News Sports reports that Canada has given its support for the participation of homosexuals in the Sochi Winter Olympics.

Montreal support

Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre is flying the rainbow flag over City Hall in support of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games. The Montreal's Olympic Stadium will be light up with rainbow colors as well. Denis Coderre like other mayors of Canadian cities strongly believes there is no place in the Olympics or society at large for discrimination of any kind.

Mayor Coderre goes on to say that it is important for the values of Montreal be known worldwide. His stance on gay rights is appreciated by the Montreal Gay and Lesbian Community.



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