Sochi protest held on campus to raise awareness of LGBT discrimination

A PROTEST took place on campus on Friday (7th) to oppose the Winter Olympics being held in Sochi, given Russia’s stance on LGBT rights.

Photo - Tomos Nolan

Photo – Tomos Nolan

A law was passed in Russia in June 2013 banning all gay ‘propaganda’, which outlaws such simple acts as holding hands.

“The practice of sport is a human right. Every individual must have the possibility of practicing sport, without discrimination of any kind and in the Olympic spirit, which requires mutual understanding with a spirit of friendship, solidarity and fair play.” – Olympic Charter.

The organisers of the protest said that they are here to support the minorities of Russia, who are also being attacked due to a rise in neo-Nazi groups, and especially the LGBT community. They stated that they are taking a stand because they believe that the Olympic Games are about everyone being free to take part, and Sochi is the wrong place for this to happen.

Protest organiser, Gaspar Shabad, shared the sentiments of the many who attended in support of this cause on Friday, stating;

“Your rights are being denied in Russia, but the rest of the world stands with you.”

The protest featured colorful statements and art works, which contributed to raising the awareness to the struggles the LGBT community are facing.

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