As, you’ve no doubt heard, Russia recently enacted an anti-gay law, banning all “promotion of nontraditional sexual relations [in front of minors], and makes any expression of real or perceived homosexuality – even something as innocuous as same-sex hand-holding – potentially illegal.” The Russian government has warned that this law against homosexuality will apply to anyone attending and/or participating in the the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia
So in response, the sports/human rights group Pride House International has asked everyone to take any opportunity to hold hands in public during the Olympic games.
The campaign asks for all visitors — including athletes, staff, media, officials, spectators, sponsors, vendors and fans — to hold hands with a person of the same sex as much as they can. And they should do it in public view of as many witnesses and media outlets as possible.
Hopefully, this campaign will spark enough international media attention for the Russian government to feel embarrassed for ever enacting such a ridiculous law. We’re totally behind it!
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