With the Kremlin Cup in Moscow in October, Will the WTA Take a Stand Against Russia’s Anti-Gay Laws?

As the WTA heads to Moscow, what assurances do the players and fans have that they will not face fines, discrimination and persecution? As of today, there may not be an openly LGBT star on tour, but if Billie Jean King, Martina Navratilova, or Amelie Mauresmo were still playing, would the WTA feel comfortable sending them to the Kremlin Cup? Would the WTA ask Billie Jean to show up play and just keep her mouth shut? As a gay man and lifelong fan of women's tennis, I would not feel comfortable watching or supporting the event knowing what is happening to LGBT people throughout Russia. Why not move the event to a country that respects everyone's rights? While this may not rectify the problem, it will certainly bring additional media attention and hopefully action by tour sponsors. Most importantly, it shows the LGBT people of Russia and around the world that someone hears their voice and will help champion their cause.

Be the global leader you profess to be. Take the right stance for human rights for human dignity. Show the world that this type of discrimination and oppression is not acceptable and should not be tolerated. Be the pioneer the

WTA has always been and set the example for the IOC. Cause a stir!

Regards,

Todd Bird

Comments

  1. duh says

    WTA has been busy “heterosexulizing” reinventing itself for quite some time now, not to mention that Russia and the Gulf nations are its latest best pals. I simply couldn’t fathom WTA would take any stand at all.

  2. jaja says

    “They may be condemning the law with their words, but turning a blind eye with their actions. And even if the words of the Russian government are true and no LGBT athletes or fans are in danger “that is only for two weeks.” What about the other 50 weeks of the year? What about the rest of the country?” – Bird

    Important questions among others that need to be answered…ASAP!

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