During a speech in front of the International Olympic Committee members, Ban Ki-moon said that "hatred of any kind must have no place in the 21st century."
"Many professional athletes, gay and straight, are speaking out against prejudice. We must all raise our voices against attacks on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or intersex people.
"We must oppose the arrests, imprisonments and discriminatory restrictions they face.
"The United Nations stands strongly behind our own 'free and equal' campaign, and I look forward to working with the IOC, governments and other partners around the world to build societies of equality and tolerance," he added.
But also, today, in Russia, a 14-year-old girl, Lena Klimova, waits the beginning of her lawsuit. Russian government started proceedings against her for gay 'propaganda' because she proudly stood up in her class and said "to be a person of nontraditional sexual orientation."
Her act won't be regarded as a crime because they think that she is too young to have had sexual relationships but she incurs a fine of up to 100,000 roubles ($2881 - 2123€). This is so *******************!!!
I would finish by thanking Google for its new homepage not only with rainbow colors but also by including a sentence from the Olympic charter which says:
"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."
And thanks to all the Canadian cities (Vancouver, Montreal, Ottawa, and St. John’s, among other cities) which fly a rainbow flag.