The 2014 Winter Games in Sochi are just a few days away, and there is an opportunity to shed light on the oppressive anti-gay laws affecting millions of Russian citizens, visiting fans and athletes. According to the Olympic Charter, sport does not discriminate, and with your help we can use this declaration to stimulate positive change in the country.
Over the last few months, the Principle 6 campaign has leveraged the Olympic values to raise awareness about Russia's anti-LGBT laws and raise funds for LGBT Russian organizations. The campaign was inspired by the values of the Olympic charter, is a way for athletes, fans and global supporters to celebrate the Olympic principle of non-discrimination and speak out against Russia’s anti-gay laws before the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.To date, the program has over 50 athletes on board.
The Principle 6 campaign is asking you to change your profile photo on social media accounts on February 5 through the Opening Ceremonies of the Games (and beyond if you choose) to the Principle 6 graphics. During the Opening Ceremonies, as the Games begin, the flood of Principle 6 photos online will draw attention to the cause of LGBT people who are being persecuted while the world watches the Olympic Games in Sochi.
Please share this photo with your friends and colleagues, explaining why you support the campaign.
Actress Julianne Moore has already changed her Twitter profile pic:
— Julianne Moore (@_juliannemoore) February 4, 2014
Throughout the 2014 Winter Olympics, GLAAD will continue working with international LGBT organizations, athletes and LGBT Russians to secure media coverage for the stories of LGBT Russians, their families and the harms facing them in Russia. GLAAD has also released GLAAD Global Voices: 2014 Sochi Olympics Playbook, a resource guide for journalists covering the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. For more information, visit www.glaad.org/russia.