waved the rainbow flag in Moscow at the risk of being arrested. The Doma (Russian Parliament) enacted severe and undemocratic laws directed against LGBT persons in June 2013. Moscow’s top court ruled that no gay pride parade may be held in the capital for one hundred years, while a bill to ban the distribution of “propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations” to minors is currently going through parliament.
The timing of these laws (that clearly contravene the United Nations Charters of Rights and Freedoms) is crucial since the winter Olympic Games is being held in Russia. The International Olympic is still silent on how they will ensure the safety of the athletes and all who attend in a country that violates the IOC’s own charter for non-discrimination.
THE RUSSIAN BEAR WARNS THE OLYMPIANS:
Russia has warned athletes, and those attending the games, that any outward form of support for LGBT persons will lead to arrest or expulsion from the country. Tilda Swinton has “looked them in the eye” and she has not been arrested. We ask that athletes and their supporters make statements to support LGBT persons world wide.
While the Olympics is not supposed to be about politics, it certainly was founded on the principles of fair play and basic human rights.
Thank you, Tilda and others that support LGBT rights and the rights of any persecuted minority world-wide.
Tilda has appeared in a number of films, including Burn After Reading, The Beach, The Chronicles of Narnia, and was nominated for a Golden Globe for her performances in The Deep End and We Need to Talk About Kevin. She won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in Michael CLayton in 2007.