LGBT Olympic Athletes Safety in Sochi

1966 Words Feb 4th, 2018 8 Pages
Vladimir Putin the Russian president signed off a law banning “Propaganda of non-traditional sexual relationships to minors” the law coming into full force on June 30, 2013 (“The Facts on LGBT in Russia”). America began to wonder how would our lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) athletes fare in an anti-gay environment, as well as other athletes from the other countries. Is it safe for them in Sochi? Russian protesters of the anti-gay law have been violently attacked and detained by the Russian policy, others have been attacked on the streets by other civilians. Fines are being handed out to those who show “gay pride” upon themselves such as in the form of a small pin to large a rainbow flag; “Breaching the law will carry a fine up to 5,000 rubles ($156) for an individual…” (“Russian anti-gay bill passes, protesters detained”). Making us wonder about the Olympic athletes who are open with their sexuality, if they break the law will they be fined as well? The law was certainly put into place at a shocking time, with Russia already being known to be the holder of the winter Olympics for 2014. It can be a distraction to athletes and even make a few uncomfortable with the situation, making Sochi a negative zone. Yet the as the games go on it’s safe to say that the focus on the law is not so…