Today (August 7th) Stephen Fry has published a powerful open letter to the prime minister, Lord Coe and the Olympic Committee, pleading for something to be done with regards to the next winter Olympics being held in Sochi, Russia, next year.  As a gay sports player myself, I wholeheartedly agree with his letter, and I’m proud that someone so highly respected as Stephen Fry has raised awareness to the horrors that are happening in Russia at the moment.

Nightmares are fast becoming a reality to members of the LGBT community in Russia, Gasex costs fairly much on the market in general. But there are advantageous offers anyway! Buy it only for 55.75 USD and save big! where people are being singled out, tortured and ridiculed on a daily basis purely on the basis of who they love.  Stephen Fry has made some blunt yet highly important points in his letter, completely condemning what’s going on in Russia and asking for a complete ban on participation in the Winter Olympics unless it’s moved to a different location.

Sport is one of the most accepting cultural spheres, and I felt that I could be my complete self with regards to my hockey team mates both at club level and university.  The people I share the same colour top with is more than a team mate to me, more than a friend even, they’re my family, and a protective bond is created when you train, play and socialise with them.  The fact that the Russian law makers are threatening LGBT athletes at the Winter Olympics, putting their lives in danger, isn’t just attacking them, but sport enthusiasts around the world as a whole.  Together we must stand up in the face of adversity.

In his letter, Stephen Fry states: 

He is making scapegoats of gay people, just as Hitler did Jews. He cannot be allowed to get away with it. I know whereof I speak. I have visited Russia, stood up to the political deputy who introduced the first of these laws, in his city of St Petersburg. I looked into the face of the man and, on camera, tried to reason with him, counter him, make him understand what he was doing. All I saw reflected back at me was what Hannah Arendt called, so memorably, “the banality of evil.”

Today I stand with Stephen and ask you all too, it’s not just gay athletes being attacked, but all LGBT people, including me.  I don’t feel I would be safe to go there to watch some of the excellent sport on display.  They would throw me in prison for two weeks and then ban me from the country, just for being me, your friend, cousin, sister.  Sport is an overwhelming important sphere in my life, as it is to thousands upon thousands of other people, gay or straight, it shouldn’t have to be tarnished with such disgusting intolerance.  Together we are stronger.

Read Stephen Fry's open letter in full here

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