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Dear "Proud Sponsors" of the 2014 Sochi Olympics,

If you, like in years past, going to splash the Olympic logo  in your ads and on your products to tell us that you are “proudly” sponsoring the International Olympics,  our country’s Olympic committee, or various Olympic teams, know this:

Unless the 2014 Olympics is moved from codified homophobic Russia to some place else, like Vancover, Canada, those 5 Olympic rings will read like a “detour” sign to me.  

I will not buy your products, and if you are like “Visa” I will try very hard to make sure you get very little of my money. For I do not support hate, and I cannot support the International Olympic Committee turning a blind eye and giving tacit approval to hate.  Nor can I support letting gay athletes and their supporters compete with their asses hanging out, knowing that they could be arrested simply for being who they are and wanting, as top athletes do, to provide purpose and hope to others.

They can’t, when they can’t show who they are.

Just like Jews at the 1936 Berlin Olympics could not show who they were, to give hope and purpose to Jewish kids.

Individual Jewish athletes from a number of countries chose to boycott the Berlin Olympics. In the United States, the American Jewish Congress and the Jewish Labor Committee supported a boycott.
- Wikipedia
Interestingly enough United States Olympic Committee president Avery Brundage  supported the Berlin Games saying "politics has no place in sport."  Something we heard again just days ago.
American sprinters Sam Stoller and Marty Glickman, the only two Jews on the U.S. Olympic team, were pulled from the 4 × 100 relay team on the day of the competition, leading to speculation that U.S. Olympic committee leader Avery Brundage did not want to add to the embarrassment of Hitler by having two Jews win gold medals.
- Wikipedia
Avery Brundage  was a founding member of the pro-Nazi organization, America First Committee.  One of the runners who replaced Sam Stoller and Marty Glickman, was also a member.

Yes, Jesse Owens won four gold medals in the sprint and long jump events. And Jackie Robinson's brother  Mack Robinson, won silver in the 200 meter sprint.  This has historically been played as a "stick in the eye" of Hitler.  But is was ONLY because who they were could not be "white washed."  There was no way to hide it, but if the Nazis could have, they would have.  

Nazi propaganda promoted concepts of "Aryan racial superiority" and depicted ethnic Africans as inferior.
- wikipedia
 
They gave purpose and hope to black kids around the world.  Unless gay atheles tatoo or die their bodies the colors of the rainbow flag, there is no way at this point for them to show who they are.  Even flag pins are banned.  This guise of "protecting children" is keeping them from feeling that their is nothing wrong with who they are, that they can hope, dream achieve and celebrate WHO. THEY. ARE.   It's protecting them into suicide, alcoholism, sham marriages, and a troubled life.  

Even Rock Hudson had nervous ticks and issues because of having to be in the closet of who he was.  How much happier and how much more could he have achieved if he could have been in public who he was?  

And the IOC is complicit in persecution of LGBT in Russia.

“I think they [gays] should be banned from donating blood or sperm, and if they die in a car crash, their hearts should be burnt or buried in the ground as unsuitable for the continuation of life,” he [Dmitry Kiselyov] adds, to a round of applause from the audience
- The Telegraph
While Stoli added significant addition to it's nondiscrimination policy.  Anton Krasovsky, a Russian TV Presenter who came out on air was fired.    And the state TV also fired Andrei Danilko.
Ukrainian Andrei Danilko, who performs as drag queen Verka Serdyuchka, was dropped from a Saturday night comedy show because of fears about violating the new legislation,
- The Telegraph
I cannot knowingly support hatred with our family's hard earned dollars.  I cannot knowingly support a group (IOC) that gives tacit approval to hatred by maintaining the status quo.

To support the 2014 Sochi Olympics in any fashion, is to tacitly approve of those policies.  You're co-branding of your company, your products will the 2014 Sochi Olympics means you give tacit approval too.

And I cannot support you.

In addition, if you say that you are a "Proud Sponsor" of the 2014 you are saying that you proudly sponsor the tacit approval of hatred.  You are proud that your company and products are associated with hatred.

And in the minds of many, you will be forever branded that way.

So while you decide what you are going to do, please bear this in mind.

blue wave

Originally posted to Clytemnestra on Thu Aug 15, 2013 at 07:58 AM PDT.

Also republished by Angry Gays and The Wide World of Sports.

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