Russia's Olympic Playbook

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LGBTQ Olympians deserve fair coverage. GLAAD's Olympic guide helps them get that.

GLAAD’s media-shaping work was in full swing during the Summer Olympic Games, held in Tokyo. According to Outsports, over 170 out LGBTQ athletes were at the Tokyo games, making these the most inclusive Olympic games in history and tripling the Rio Games just four years ago. Also, for the first time, out transgender and non-binary Olympians competed, making history, and impacting media coverage on transgender athletes at all levels.

Adam Rippon and Gus Kenworthy prove there is a place in sports for queer kids like me

Watching the out athletes perform gave me a pride I’d never felt before—a level of enjoyment that you only really feel when you truly root for someone.

Dear Adam Rippon

As kids, Adam Rippon taught GLAAD Campus Ambassador, Aisling McDermott how to skate. Now, Aisling thanks Adam for teaching LGBTQ kids everywhere how to live proudly as queer.

LGBTQ acceptance front and center in new P&G ‘Love Over Bias’ Olympics video

Video features six vignettes reflecting athletes’ struggles with bias as seen through their moms’ eyes.

GLAAD Global Voices stories from 2014 More than ever, LGBT advocacy took on an international flavor in 2014. Take a look at some of the biggest LGBT stories from 2014.
Get sporty! 2014 was a big year for LGBT inclusion in sports. 2014 has witnessed some of the biggest advances in LGBT inclusion in sports. Athletes have been coming out in high school, college, and professional sports around the world.
Olympic figure skater Eric Radford speaks to OutSports about being gay and an athlete Eric Radford, a 2014 Olympic figure skater, has come out publicly as gay in what is often stereotyped as "the 'gayest' sport of all," according to OutSports.
IOC president recommends adding 'sexual orientation' to Olympic non-discrimination policy This morning, International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach announced 40 recommendations that "lay out the strategic roadmap for the future of the Olympic Movement." Among the recommendations is the addition of "sexual orientation" to the IOC's non-discrimination statement.

"It’s led to a huge increase in antigay violence, including murders. It’s led to attacks on gay and lesbian clubs and film festivals… and because these laws are passed supposedly to protect children, the people who are most targeted or have the most to fear are LGBT parents…LGBT people have an incredible amount to fear right now, especially if they have children.” 
– Russian author and activist Masha Gessen to

As the eyes of the world turn to the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, journalists will have an opportunity to tell the stories of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Russians, whose lives have changed significantly and, in many cases, endangered as a result of the country's anti-LGBT laws and environment. 

The lives of LGBT Russians are a significant part of the 2014 Winter Olympics story. Celebrities and notables have spoken out against the persecution of LGBT Russians, heads of state have refused to attend the 2014 Winter Olympics because of Russia's anti-LGBT laws, and activists have called for boycotts of the Games. As you plan coverage of the 2014 Winter Olympics, it is important to not only highlight the violence and inequality facing LGBT Russians, but also to share their personal stories and experiences.