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USOC Amends Non-Discrimination Policy To Include Sexual Orientation

6a00d8341c730253ef019affb8b541970b-250wiIn a show of its disapproval for Russia's anti-gay laws, the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) decided yesterday to add sexual orientation to its non-discrimination policy, the AP reports. Though unwilling to go further and insist upon a change to the anti-gay laws currently in effect in Russia, USOC CEO Scott Blackmun added "The fact that we do not think it is our role to advocate for a change in the Russian law does not mean that we support the law, and we do not." Last week Blackmun stated that he wanted the USOC to "lead by example and advocate internally within the global Olympic community to make sure we, as a family, are doing everything we can to send the message that we don't tolerate discrimination." Given the IOC's silence on this issue, it would seem the USOC's decision to change their policy is in line with their stated intent.

Meanwhile, a new campaign launched yesterday calls on athletes and fans alike to come out in support of Olympic Principle 6 which many believe should protect LGBT people against discrimination. The USOC has also said it would favor revising the Olympic Charter, as they have revised their own non-discrimination policy, to specifically address discrimination based on sexual orientation.

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  1. USA, leading the way over the lazy europeans. We're basically #1 ... woot.

    Posted by: Kev C | Oct 11, 2013 7:20:38 PM

  2. Perhaps the US committee should show the IOC This Video...

    ...and ask for clarification from the IOC how this differs from Nazi Germany POST-Berlin Games.

    Posted by: alainchappel | Oct 11, 2013 7:26:03 PM

  3. u-s-a! u-s-a! u-s-a!

    Posted by: northalabama | Oct 11, 2013 7:29:41 PM

  4. Let Russia know what you think of their games:

    Representative Office in Moscow

    40/3, Bolshaya Ordynka str. 119017, Moscow, Russia
    Tel.: +7 (495) 984 2014
    Fax: +7 (495) 989 2014

    Posted by: HenryG | Oct 11, 2013 8:03:00 PM

  5. And what will IOC say about that?

    Posted by: litper | Oct 11, 2013 8:25:43 PM

  6. Why did the USOC wait this long to add it in?
    Shame on them for taking so long!

    Posted by: Jerry Pritikin aka The Bleacher Preacher | Oct 12, 2013 3:16:48 AM

  7. Exactly what I was thinking, JERRY PRITKIN etc. What took them so long? Could it be that individual countries' OCs are so beholden to the IOC - contractually, at least - that they can't speak out against the Olympic Charter? Or could it be about the money?...

    Posted by: Leroy Laflamme | Oct 12, 2013 12:07:18 PM

  8. Better late than never, USOC.

    I'm still not watching the Olympics.

    Posted by: Randy | Oct 12, 2013 4:59:52 PM

  9. Bravo, USOC! A small step in the right direction. Now if only the rest of the world, especially the IOC, will take note and act accordingly.

    Posted by: Sean Westmann | Oct 12, 2013 5:44:22 PM

  10. Very good, very well

    Posted by: ashely | Nov 7, 2013 12:01:01 PM

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