Global protests of Russia’s anti-gay laws before Sochi Olympics

Public Demonstrations Around the World Urge Olympic Sponsors to Speak Out Against Russian Anti-Gay Laws

Demonstration will be held in Durban on 5 February at McDonalds, Umhlanga Rocks Drive, Umhlanga

New York, NY and Paris, France– January 29, 2014: All Out, the global movement for love and equality, announced a Global Speak Out to support Russian gays and lesbians and call for Olympic sponsors to speak out against Russia’s anti-gay laws, violating the spirit of Principle 6, the non-discrimination principle in the Olympic Charter. Public demonstrations will be organized all around the world, including St. Petersburg and Sochi (Russia), Durban, South Africa, Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), London (UK), Asuncion (Paraguay), New York (USA) and Buenos Aires (Argentina). Last September 3rd, the first Global Speak Out for Russia organized by All Out took place in more than 34 cities in 21 countries.

Organizers in Durban will host an event at 20h00 in Umhlanga (McDonalds, Umhlanga Rocks Drive).

“Olympic sponsors are failing to live up to their commitments”, said Andre Banks, Executive Director and co-founder of All Out. “The IOC has confirmed that Principle 6 includes discrimination based on sexual orientation. Athletes all over the world are speaking out. We’ve just heard that the Russian government is considering amendments to the anti-gay laws. But sponsors continue to look the other way while gays and lesbians in Russia suffer.”

While pressure has intensified on sponsors, many of whom have significant investments in Russia apart from the Olympics, McDonalds, Coca-Cola, Visa, and others have refused to specifically address the anti-gay laws or openly pressure the IOC to do more.

On February 5th, protesters will gather wearing red in cities around the world to urge sponsors to speak out with the message “Principle 6: Sport does not discriminate” and “Russia, we’re with you / No to the anti-gay laws”.

Since 2011, more than 400,000 All Out members have helped spark the global outcry against the anti-gay laws by signing and sharing All Out’s petition, watching All Out’s viral video #LoveAlwaysWins which calls on the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to speak out, and even going to Switzerland to meet with the IOC.

Principle 6 of the Olympic charter states that discrimination of any kind is incompatible with the Olympic movement. The Principle 6 Campaign allows Olympians and Olympic sponsors to denounce the anti-gay violence and discriminations raging in Russia right now while still respecting the Olympic Committee’s rules against political speech and without fear of penalties from the International Olympics Committee.

For key facts on the global outcry against the anti-gay laws in Russi, visit https://www.allout.org/en/russia-timeline

About All Out
In 77 countries, it is a crime to be gay; in 10 it can cost you your life. All Out is mobilizing millions of people and their social networks to build a powerful global movement for love and equality. Our mission is to build a world where no person will have to sacrifice their family or freedom, safety or dignity, because of who they are or who they love.

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