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View Diary: American Wins Silver Medal in Russia, Dedicates it to Gays and Lesbians (148 comments)

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  •  Playing into Putin's hands (0+ / 0-)

    Putin is spinning homosexuality as an evil import from the West, so this type of stance -- silent until you have come into the country, won a medal, and the do a surprise attack as gay/lesbian or an ally -- reinforces his agenda and energizes the Neo Nazi forces who want to attack the LGBT community.

    I truly believe a boycott is the only way to avoid this.

    •  I don't see how this is playing into Putin's hands (11+ / 0-)

      I don't see how respected international athletes who speak out publicly againt Russia's anti-gay laws are reinforcing those laws. In fact, if Russia were to actually enforce the law by taking action against these athletes, it will make Russia look incredibly bad. And if it doesn't enforce the law, it makes the law look like the BS that it is. Also, Symmonds has not been silent on this issue before the Olympics. He spoke out against the law in an earlier interview he did for Runner's World.

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