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Russian 'LGBT Open Games' Receive Bomb Threat Before Opening Ceremony: VIDEO

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Moscow's Open Games, an LGBT and ally sports festival pointedly fighting back against Russia's anti-gay propaganda laws by inviting all players to openly express their sexual orientation, has had its fair share of difficulties. We previously reported that several sports venues shut their doors to the five-day event, and now a bomb threat, called in just before the opening ceremony, has derailed action further. 

OpengamesABC News reports:

“This is nothing new in our community, unfortunately,” organizer Konstantin Yablotskiy (inset, left) said. He expected the building to be cleared in time for the ceremony later in the evening...

But the bomb scare forced Yablotskiy and honorary guest Greg Louganis, the American Olympic diving champion, to host a planned kick-off news conference outdoors in the club’s parking lot.

“The aim of these games is to send a positive message to our society, to our authorities, that we are normal people,” Yablotskiy said.

“I think sports transcends many differences, whether it be political differences, religious differences, or views about LGBT people,” Louganis said, noting he was able to relate to Soviet athletes at the height of the Cold War when they competed against each other and hung out together during the 1976 Olympics in Montreal.

“By being here and supporting these games I hope I can shed a little light on [gay life] and share a part of my world of being  gay man living with HIV, but also living a full life and integrated life,” he added.

Hopefully the Open Games will not garner any more violent attention from the public, though rising levels of hate crimes after the approval of Russia's anti-gay propaganda laws indicate that the outcome could be less than desirable. We will keep readers posted on any developments.

The games will conclude on Sunday, March 2nd. 

Watch an interview with Louganis at last night's opening, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. How are they doing this in Moscow? Isn't it propaganda?

    Posted by: Patrick | Feb 27, 2014 8:51:19 AM


  2. I am both very impressed with Louganis' and the organizers' Bravery and scared to death for them. Hopefully this will all end peacefully.

    Posted by: Graphicjack | Feb 27, 2014 9:12:22 AM


  3. They're probably keeping a low profile in terms of where things are, but the Clericofascists usually find out anyway... Bomb threats at the Side by side festival in Petersburg were all hoaxes. But they still require evacuations.

    The LGBT sport federation has been functioning for a few years already. This is just the first time they've garnered international attention. Kudos to Konstantin and Elvina!!

    Posted by: KevinVt | Feb 27, 2014 9:57:44 AM


  4. Patrick,

    It's closed to anyone under 18, there are no advertisements outside or in any newspapers, just online on age-restricted sites.

    Posted by: Victor | Feb 27, 2014 10:06:30 AM


  5. Looks like the Russian govt. has put enough pressure on the venus/Hilton hotel, since they cancelled all of their contracts with the Open Games organizers. Contact Hilton Hotels to voice your opinion on them canceling their contract the day before the event.

    http://www1.hilton.com/ts/corporate/media/brandcontacts.htm

    Kudos to Greg and the organizers for being truly brave, while the Olympics was nothing more than full acceptance of Russian persecution.

    Posted by: Wayne | Feb 27, 2014 1:19:42 PM


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