Over 100 Canadian non-governmental, civil society organizations have banned together and signed an open letter to the Canadian government, IOC, IPC, CBC, and corporate sponsors of the Olympics, demanding "decisive action before, during and beyond the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics
The Russian government assured the IOC on Thursday it will not discriminate against homosexuals during the Sochi Olympics, while defending the law against gay "propaganda" that has provoked an international backlash.
This evening the LGBT Sports Coalition thanked athletes at the World Track and Field Championships for supporting LGBT people and called on the International Olympic Committee to create opportunities for safe commentary in Sochi.
Not unlike Harvey Fierstein, actor Stephen Fry has been very vocal about the gay rights abuses happening in Russia as the Sochi Olympics draw nearer. Fry challenged Prime Minister David Cameron's assertion that Britain's presence in the games is vital to the case for gay rights in Russia.
UESE as well as their international partners at Pride House are urging the IOC and its president to update the Olympic Charter to add protections for "sexual orientation" and "gender identity" to the the Olympic Charter.