- February 5, 2014
Join HRC, Team DC, Capital Pride, Gays & Lesbians in Foreign Affairs Agencies (GLIFAA) and Pride House International for a special viewing of the 2014 Sochi Olympics Opening Ceremonies to benefit the Russia LGBT Sport Federation.
Pride House International is the organization responsible for hosting safe spaces for LGBT athletes and their allies in the past Olympic games, but this year the Russian government has outlawed such a space in Sochi, deeming it “extreme.” As a result, virtual pride houses will be held all round the world to show solidarity with allies of equality around the world.
The Human Rights Campaign is opening up its office in Washington, D.C. this Friday to kick-off the 2014 Winter Olympics. HRC’s Pride House is a statement in solidarity with LGBT and allied athletes, visitors, and LGBT Russians.
With the Russian government waffling on the definition of a violation of its “homosexual propaganda,” athletes and activists alike have been puzzled by whether they would have a safe space in Sochi to come together, and whether voicing their opposition of Russia’s anti-LGBT legislation and homophobia might be considered as grounds for arrest under the law -- which applies to foreign nationals too and includes a prison term, fine, and/or deportation.
Protests around the Olympics venue have only recently been permitted but not without prior permission. Just two weeks ago an LGBT rights supporter was arrested under this law for waving a rainbow flag during the Olympic torch relay. Russian media has been, in the past few months, broadcasting programming aimed at “saving traditional family values” with references to LGBT people and their “propaganda” as being against God and against Russian cultural values.
The Pride House event at the HRC aims to provide a space to the conversations that Russia has now made illegal. It is a reminder to Russia that the world is watching as it carries on egregious violations of the rights of its LGBT citizens.
A suggested donation of $10 will benefit the Russia LGBT Sport Federation . Your kind donation will help to provide scholarships to Russian athletes striving to attend the Gay Games 9 in Cleveland/Akron this coming August.
So join HRC on Friday, February 7, alongside former NHL hockey star and LGBT activist Sean Avery, to help raise awareness and money to support the LGBT community in Russia.
Beverages and light hors d’oeuvres will be available.
Doors Open: 7:00 p.m.
Ceremonies Begin: 7:30pm-11:30pm