Google has become the latest organization to make its opposition known to Russia’s anti-LGBT laws. Just a day before the 2014 Winter Olympics are to begin in the Russian city of Sochi, the online giant changed its famous Google Doodle to the colors of the rainbow flag – the long time symbol of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) pride.
In addition to the change in Doodle’s appearance, an excerpt from the Olympics Charter has also been added so as to remind the Russian authorities that it is their responsibility to hold an event without any discrimination.
“The practice of sport is a human right. Every individual must have the possibility of practicing sport, without discrimination of any kind and in the Olympic spirit, which requires mutual understanding with a spirit of friendship, solidarity and fair play,” the message reads.
Homophobia in Russia and anti-LGBT statements by the country’s political and social figures is a hot topic these days. While what they say in front of camera is bad enough, exponentially worse is the situation on the streets, where according to Human Rights Watch (HRW), gays and bisexuals are being actively pursued and attacked by homophobic groups.
Check out HRW’s video report to know the difficulties and atrocities the LGBT community faces in Mother Russia:
Russia’s hostility to the alternative lifestyle has reached such levels that their government has even barred the formation of Pride House, which in its own words is ‘a place for LGBT athletes, fans, and friends to meet and enjoy international sporting events.’ As a result, some local restaurants, pubs and clubs will serve as makeshift hangouts for this purpose. Come this way to learn more.