George Takei backs bid to move Sochi Olympics to Vancouver

Influential LGBTQ rights activist and Star Trek celebrity George Takei has joined the call to see the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games moved to Vancouver.

Writing on his blog for the musical Allegiance, Takei -- who has a reach of over 4 million users on Facebook -- argued that the Russian government's intolerance for gays makes the country unfit to host the Olympic Games:

 

t’s been bubbling for some time, but the controversy over Russia’s draconian “gay propaganda” law has now boiled over.Last week, Russia’s Sports Minister confirmed that the country intends to enforce its laws against visiting LGBT athletes, trainers and fans, meaning anyone even so much as waving a rainbow flag (and I presume many men enthusiastically watching and dramatically commenting on figure skating) would be arrested, held for weeks and then deported. Given this position, the IOC must do the right thing, protect its athletes and the fans, and move the 2014 Winter Olympics out of Russia.

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Many believe that such a call to move the Olympics out of Russia goes too far. Would this be their opinion if the law instead called for the arrest of any Jews, Roman Catholics or Muslims should they display any sign of their religion, such as a wearing a yamaka or praying while facing Mecca? Discrimination in any form is a blight upon the Winter Games, and it must not be tolerated.

 

He links to a Change.org petition calling for the IOC move the games to Vancouver, where Mayor Gregor Robertson made a public call to support LGBTQ rights in the face of discrimination. 

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