August 14, 2013

With several months to go before the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, the contrast between LGBT representation during past ceremonies couldn’t be more striking. Vancouver, which hosted the 2010 Winter Olympics, was also the first host city to have an official Pride House. There will be no Pride House in Sochi and the safety of LGBT Olympians and fans is, at best, uncertain. BuzzFeed spoke to six LGBT torchbearers from past Olympic ceremonies about their thoughts on Russia’s anti-gay law, calls for and against a boycott and why LGBT rights are human rights.