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Hundreds Protest Russian Anti-Gay Laws in London, as PM David Cameron Speaks Against Boycott: VIDEO

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Hundreds took part in a protest against Russia's anti-gay laws in London today, Reuters reports:

Gathering in the British capital near the residence of Prime Minister David Cameron and the foreign ministry, demonstrators called for the government to push Russia to repeal the laws.

"Putin is the 'Czar of Homophobia'," veteran gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell wrote on his website ahead of the protests. "His regime has outlawed the public expression of LGBT (Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual) identity and affection - and prohibited the advocacy of LGBT human rights - in circumstances where a person under 18 might see it."

Clutching banners bearing slogans such as "Love Russia. Hate Homophobia" and rainbow flags, protesters called for a change in the policy that has attracted criticism from world leaders including U.S. President Barack Obama.

Watch a Sky News report on the protests and the UK's response to Russia, AFTER THE JUMP...

PM David Cameron responded to actor Stephen Fry's call for a boycott of the Olympics via Twitter:

Today Mr Cameron tweeted: "I share your deep concern about the abuse of gay people in Russia. However, I believe we can better challenge prejudice as we attend, rather than boycotting the Winter Olympics."

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  1. "I share your deep concern about the abuse of gay people in Russia. However, I believe we can better challenge prejudice as we attend, rather than boycotting the Winter Olympics."

    Yes, Mr. Cameron. Because back in 1936 when the world olympians showed them pesky NAZIs how great diversity was, Hitler immediately stopped persecuting Jews and others.

    Oh, no. My Bad. Hitler laughed at the world and went on to kill nearly 20 million people.

    Just wondering Mr. Cameron; Do you hold Russian Human Crematorium company stock in your portfolio? Cause it looks like you're hoping it sky-rockets into profit after 70 years of languishing.

    Obama blinks. Cameron blinks. Putin laughs at how strong he is against the western world. LGBTs continue to die. NBC profits.

    In Living Color too!

    Oh Canada, please.. Stand up and lead the way.

    Posted by: dean | Aug 10, 2013 1:41:32 PM


  2. Right on, Dean!

    Paraphrasing an ad line from another Proud 2013 Sochi Olympic Sponsor:

    Just Move It!

    Posted by: Jonah | Aug 10, 2013 1:44:04 PM


  3. BTW

    The idea of 'not boycotting' coming from the president and the PM actually means nothing.

    It is up to all the rest of us, gay and straight, to boycott these olympics. And these leaders have NO say in THAT matter.

    What if someone threw a genocidal maniac's version of the Olympics, brought to you by McDonalds...and no one tuned in?

    That would be tens of billions of dollars lost by corporations who want the right to be called Citizens, but lack the Balls to actually act like citizens and take on a human monster and his lackies.

    Let's see the PM and The Pres force We The People to watch.

    Socchi 2013??? Just Say Nyet!

    BTW; You just know that somewhere lurking underneath this mess is good ol' Homophobe supreme and Olympic Communitee Organizer...

    ...Mitt Romney

    Posted by: Jonah | Aug 10, 2013 1:53:16 PM


  4. Mister PM
    Going to the Games is not confronting. Merely showing up is not confronting. That does nothing good and actually does a great amount of harm. As Michigan rowing coach Charley Sullivan pointed out: SILENCE IS ACQUIESCENCE.

    Standing up and speaking out is confronting.

    Posted by: JONES | Aug 10, 2013 1:58:45 PM


  5. Tweeted

    @David_Cameron Export human rights as you proposed by calling on Russia to respect and protect the rights and lives of it's LGBT citizens.

    Retweet. Spread.

    Posted by: JONES | Aug 10, 2013 2:04:35 PM


  6. I hope to see a mass of Rainbow T shirts and a myriad of individual protests, whether on the podium or in the stands/bleachers or on the field.
    If they arrest everyone they will be shown to be the New Fascists.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Aug 10, 2013 2:14:53 PM


  7. PS :
    But I would love to see a boycott.......some countries must have the balls to stand up to the Fascists or else we are going the way of the Suedetenland.....as DEAN above makes clear.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Aug 10, 2013 2:17:08 PM


  8. "I share your deep concern about the abuse of gay people in Russia. However, I believe we can better challenge prejudice as we attend, rather than boycotting the Winter Olympics."
    That may be true but its hard to judge without Cameron outlining a plan of how 'we' will challenge prejudice while attending.

    Posted by: Shawn | Aug 10, 2013 2:34:07 PM


  9. Tweeted

    One single athlete in victory lap at IAAF with rainbow flag held overhead says solidarity with Russian LGBT and that the world is watching.

    Retweet. Spread thru the infosphere.

    Posted by: JONES | Aug 10, 2013 2:39:35 PM


  10. THANK YOU LONDON PROTESTERS!

    Posted by: Chicklets | Aug 10, 2013 2:43:35 PM


  11. Mitt Romney told us that Russia is our biggest threat and the country laughed at him. Mitt could get Utah ready for 2014.

    Posted by: Frank | Aug 10, 2013 2:53:11 PM


  12. Cameron joins no boycott, but oh do we love a good protest. Only time some get out and about.

    Posted by: Garty | Aug 10, 2013 3:08:32 PM


  13. Demonstrations like this one are a sign of a free, open and healthy democracy. In a democracy individuals and groups have the right, even the duty to try to push their government in the direction that the demonstrators think is correct. Cameron is a good friend of the LGBT community. I liked what he said and agree that the Olympics should not be boycotted.

    Posted by: andrew | Aug 10, 2013 3:24:00 PM


  14. where are the hundreds of protesters here? i guess glbt rights are of more concern to londoners than americans.

    i've already sent emais to the worldwide sponsors, the ioc, and the anoc, and still workin' my way down the list. show me a protest, and i'll sign up for that, too.

    Posted by: northalabama | Aug 10, 2013 3:56:59 PM


  15. "I believe we can better challenge prejudice as we attend, rather than boycotting the Winter Olympics."

    OK. How? Why are politicians allowed to get away with this reasoning, without explaining how they personally are going to do it?

    Posted by: Randy | Aug 10, 2013 4:28:38 PM


  16. Russia is a nationalistic, xenophobic, homophobic mess. Russian culture and attitudes are based in centuries of the Russian Orthodox Church and, quite frankly, alcoholism. It's a country in serious need of rehab.

    Don't hold your breath. Russia will not ever change its anti-LGBT laws. The IOC will not abandon Russia as the Winter Olympics venue.

    That leaves, what? Boycott? Won't work. Won't change a damned thing and if a massive boycott does take place, there will be pogroms against LGBT people in Russia. Russians are very nasty that way.

    Chto delat'?

    Posted by: jamal49 | Aug 10, 2013 4:44:36 PM


  17. My thoughts exactly, Jamal49.
    Any perceived interruption with the Olympics due to the current Russian laws against gays and lesbians will cause further backlash to the LGBT community.

    Posted by: Scrammy | Aug 10, 2013 5:15:08 PM


  18. Soo proud of them!

    Posted by: Dubu | Aug 10, 2013 7:36:50 PM


  19. What an amazing sight. So many loyal strong LGBT united.

    Posted by: USC Trojans Fan | Aug 10, 2013 7:37:12 PM


  20. This is amazing but I'm startled that the LGBT in Australia, ALL over Europe and even parts of Latin America have been far more engaged and shown their presence of support for our LGBT brothers & sisters in Russia, than the LGBT in the U.S. Why are LGBT in U.S so afraid of activism?

    Posted by: Klien | Aug 10, 2013 7:39:09 PM


  21. This actually embarrasses me as an American GLBT. We're usually the most apologetic, complacent, and sometimes cowardly when it comes to not only demanding our rights but standing up for the rights of other GLBT.

    No wonder why virtually every western country is LIGHT YEARS ahead of us in terms of rights & respect for GLBT.

    Posted by: Duration & Convexity | Aug 10, 2013 7:40:22 PM


  22. @ Duration & Convexity:

    PREACH! You wouldn't be able to round up thousands of LGBT in the united states even if we were rounded up and put in camps. Let's face it, American LGBT are more passive if not timid to actually get our hands dirty. It's sad but true.

    Posted by: Michelle | Aug 10, 2013 7:42:13 PM


  23. It's not that American LGBT are more cowardly but American society is just more homophobic than other Westernized nations. Religion has made many LGBT in the U.S feel guilty for standing up and speaking up for our rights. You still hear some LGBT say "well, I don't want to offend anyone being gay. I'd just rather not ruffle feathers" and that's after you ask them to join in a protest against the visiting Iranian president who allowed the hanging/stoning of Persian teenagers in Iran.

    So yeah, we've been cornered to fear here by religion to not be uppity.

    Posted by: Alejandro | Aug 10, 2013 7:45:10 PM


  24. "You can always count on Americans to do the right thing - after they've tried everything else." - Winston Churchil

    Posted by: Frank | Aug 10, 2013 7:53:09 PM


  25. A boycott is the only thing that will hit this government where it hurts-financially. Cameron and every other leader are giving lip service only to the murder, torture and persecution of lgbt Russians. As the IAAF President said "Follow russia's laws and all will be alright". Some moral compass. Anyone who attends these Olympics are complicit of and approving of Russian human rights violations. Money and glory over murder. Just wonderful

    Posted by: Molc | Aug 10, 2013 8:38:49 PM


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