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Vladimir Putin: Gay People are Welcome at Sochi Olympics


Reuters reports that Russian Vladimir Putin is trying to "defuse criticism" of Russia's anti-gay laws by making a statement to the new Olympic Committee president welcoming gays to Russia:

"We are doing everything, both the organizers and our athletes and fans, so that participants and guests feel comfortable in Sochi, regardless of nationality, race or sexual orientation" Putin told Thomas Bach, the head of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), on Monday.

Of course, the Russian law banning 'gay propaganda' still stands.

LGBT activists plan to protest a US Olympic Team promotional event in Times Square tomorrow over anti-gay Russian laws and the Sochi Games, and activists plan to protest Coca-Cola headquarters today in Atlanta over its sponsorship of the Olympics and refusal to speak out against Russia.

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  1. In other words, come here and spend your money so we can line our pockets and keep the majority of the people in abject poverty.

    Posted by: Jack M | Oct 28, 2013 11:57:51 AM

  2. "we are doing that participants and guests feel comfortable"

    uh...ok...i'er never heard of fines and jailtime providing comfort, but...yeah...

    Posted by: northalabama | Oct 28, 2013 12:01:02 PM

  3. Putin, surrounded by "Yes Men" assumes we all buy his nonsense. We don't nor should we buy any of the advertisers products supporting the Olympics. Coke, McDonalds, Panasonic, Samsung to name just a very few.

    Posted by: Jeff | Oct 28, 2013 12:05:06 PM



    THIS is how gay people are welcome.

    Posted by: litper | Oct 28, 2013 12:18:15 PM

  5. well of course they are you idiot, you want our money. Nothing more!!!

    Posted by: Tom | Oct 28, 2013 12:20:53 PM

  6. Putin is working Overtime with that Botox/plastic surgery..he's looking a like Jim Henson character from "The Dark Crystal" ..ohhh and FU Putin

    Posted by: disgusted american | Oct 28, 2013 12:21:09 PM

  7. Read T-bags comments at Yahoo though, they're PRICELESS!

    Posted by: litper | Oct 28, 2013 12:25:46 PM

  8. Yes, all gays are welcome! Now if you just enter this high-walled enclosure with barbed wire please...

    Posted by: Sam | Oct 28, 2013 12:39:49 PM

  9. Yep, we're welcome to attend the Hatelympics as long as our existence is hidden and our truth is never uttered. We can all be Aunt Mary Jonny Weir - wonderful.

    Posted by: CPT_Doom | Oct 28, 2013 12:40:54 PM

  10. It's like that movie "Mars Attacks!", where the Martians all said "We come in peace" while decimating everything in sight.

    Someone should play some yodeling music to see if his head explodes.

    Posted by: kdknyc | Oct 28, 2013 1:04:24 PM

  11. Death to Putin.

    Posted by: Queer Supremacist | Oct 28, 2013 1:40:19 PM

  12. Don't worry. It is only shower. Breathe deeply. Steam good for you. Very good for you.

    Posted by: NotSafeForWork | Oct 28, 2013 1:57:50 PM

  13. Wow. He looks bloated and like a Muppet version of his former self. Sucks to be a closet case doing your best to kill your desires by killing actual Out gays. What a dickweed.

    Posted by: YsoSerious | Oct 28, 2013 2:10:09 PM

  14. Of course gays are welcome to Sochi - it'll make rounding up and killing them so much easier for the Russian government!

    Posted by: FuryOfFirestorm | Oct 28, 2013 3:01:42 PM

  15. Look at what Putin officials are actually saying:

    Posted by: litper | Oct 28, 2013 3:32:25 PM

  16. Well, it's nice that Putin is having to respond, but a response without action is nothing.

    I want see:
    * immediate repeal of the "propaganda" law
    * immediate repeal of the foreign adoption restrictions
    * immediate crackdown on people who use the internet to catfish gay youth and young adults, to then humiliate, beat, and/or rape them
    * immediate crackdown on violent anti-gay protest

    Posted by: Randy | Oct 28, 2013 5:35:09 PM

  17. I still think they should put up a list of 20 questions regarding the law. For example,
    "Can a same-sex couple walk down the street holding hands and not be arrested?"

    They also need specific examples of what would get you arrested. If the examples thinks like handing out fliers for a circuit party to 7 year olds, that's far different from handing out fliers asking people to sign a petition about job discrimination.

    Posted by: Bill | Oct 28, 2013 6:04:20 PM

  18. putin doesn't really want gays only their dollars and their promise not to push the boycott of the games and their sponsors.

    Posted by: walter | Oct 28, 2013 7:09:43 PM

  19. The holocaust references above are grim but on target. I think LGBT people and allies should wear pink arm bands, the way Nazis made them do, first for identification and separation, then for extermination. It is a silent, jarring comparison and it bears witness to suffering nearby that was entirely similar in a similarly totalitarian state.

    Posted by: Rob | Oct 29, 2013 7:39:07 AM

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