It is saddening to see how the issue of homosexuality and the concept of traditional values clash so harshly locally. But I was amazed to see how many Americans of all political and religious persuasions united over the right of LGBT athletes to compete in peace at the Sochi Olympics.
One such campaign was done in New York by MyQualityConnection.com, a site dedicated to helping people find love in all forms. In response to Russia’s ban on all gay-themed paraphernalia and even speech on the subject, the people at MCC developed a stunning graphic for people to use as a profile image and show support for our athletes in danger overseas.
While advised to keep sexual preferences hidden, there were at least six openly gay athletes competing in the 2014 Sochi Olympics. “I could never promote that message of concealing who you are with all of this going on in Russia. I’m kind of happy that I did it on my own terms,’” stated Canadian speed skater Anatasia Bucsis.
“We’re seriously worried about all of our Olympic athletes, but especially our LGBT athletes since the environment they are in is not a particularly friendly one,” said Charles Adams of MyQualityConnection.com. “It’s unfortunate that they have not been left to only concentrate on their sport but to deal with the hostile feelings around them as well.”
I think it is a great way for all Americans to finally unite behind our citizens and athletes and continue support them even if the closing ceremonies have passed. The issue will no doubt arise in other forms, but we can at least all agree on the right of all athletes, or any kind of competitor, to compete and be heard in whatever activity they choose from sports to performances to politics.
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