Emma Green Tregaro's nails in the colour of the rainbow.
You may have seen the story about the rainbow colors with which two Swedish athletes decorated their fingernails in support of gays and lesbians at the International Athletics Championsips in Moscow last month. But have you ever heard of the symbolic "Olympic Truce" statement? Probably you haven't. It is usually adopted as a UN resolution every two years, before each round of the Olympic Games. ,
This year, with the 2014 Winter Olympics due to be held in Sochi, Russia, controversy arose because the Russian draft promised to include “people of different age, sex, physical capacity, religion, race and social status,” but failed to mention "different sexual orientations."
Given the harsh new repressive laws Russia passed in June banning "propaganda" that promotes "non-traditional sexual relations", UN representatives proposed a rewording. Though the new version of the Olympic Truce doesn't directly address anti-gay discrimination, the updated text promises to “promote social inclusion without discrimination of any kind.” Oh really?
Well here's a way to do it! Picture the medal ceremonies, the cheers as the winning athletes mount the podium and remove their headgear to reveal.........
News Update: Anti-gay law rescinded in Moldova
The photo shows gay rights supporters during a protest outside the city hall of Chisinau, Moldova, Friday April 27 2007. Good to see the rainbow in action over six years ago. (AP Photo/Dan Morar)
In a further blow to Russia’s anti-gay policies, the Republic of Moldova, directly bordered by Ukraine and Romania, has overturned its own "gay propaganda" ban as part of its effort to gain European Union membership.
Legislation passed in June was canned, repealing the clause that prohibited relationships outside the “marriage and family" categories advocated by the country's Orthodox Christian majority.
Lustralboy says: "We all look forward hugely to witnessing the absence of discrimination when athletes, hopefully, show off their rainbow-painted fingernails, rainbow coloured bootlaces and rainbow died hairdos. Just a thought.
An event beyond our wildest dreams: an Olympic ring failed to,"open" during the Sochi opening ceremony. Brighton Pride celebrated appropriately. May this be just one of many rainbow images inspired by the Sochi games.
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