The Olympics are a time when people of all backgrounds can come together and enjoy competition together.
Since the 2014 Olympics in Russia are creeping up on us, President Barack Obama has been talking about Vladimir Putin’s choice to not let gay and lesbian people publicly express themselves. In a press conference on Friday he said:
"I know that one question that’s been raised is, how do we approach the Olympics? I want to just make very clear right now, I do not think it’s appropriate to boycott the Olympics. We’ve got a bunch of Americans out there who are training hard, who are doing everything they can to succeed. Nobody’s more offended than me by some of the anti-gay and lesbian legislation that you’ve been seeing in Russia, but as I said just this week, I’ve spoken out against that not just with respect to Russia, but a number of other countries where we continue to do work with them, but we have a strong disagreement on this issue.
And one of the things I’m really looking forward to is maybe some gay and lesbian athletes bringing home the gold or silver or bronze, which I think would go a long way in rejecting the kind of attitudes that we’re seeing there. And if Russia doesn’t have gay or lesbian athletes, then that would probably make their team weaker."
Well said, sir!
No matter whether you’re gay, lesbian, straight or a monk, athletics is an arena for everyone to show off their hard work and talent.
The Olympics are still a ways off, so there’s always a chance that Putin could come to his senses.
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