The International Olympic Committee is sitting idly by as Russia wages a violent war against gay people. Share the petition now to get them to take a real stand as the Olympic media coverage heats up - help us get to 300,000!
Please forward this email and ask people to sign the petition.Dear supporter,
Russia's anti-gay crackdown is being reported in the media,including major sources like The New York Times. Global coverage of the Winter Olympics has just launched - that means we have a major chance right now to push world leaders to speak out against the attacks in Russia.
One world leader could really make a difference at this critical moment – the International Olympic Committee. If the IOC condemns Russia's anti-gay laws before the Olympics, it would put huge pressure on President Putin to stop the crackdown.
Already, more than 215,000 of us - including you - have signed the petition to world leaders. If we get the petition to 300,000 we'll deliver every name to the International Olympics Committee office in Switzerland, in a way they can't ignore.
Please forward this email and ask people to sign the petition here:
The IOC is already feeling the pressure. Their response? Claiming the Olympics should go ahead with anti-gay laws in place, because Russia says it won't arrest gay athletes and visitors. But that's not good enough – the Olympics are about solidarity and respect. We can push the IOC to go further and demand real commitments from Russia.
The media have started to write about the growing controversy, but it's going to take a lot more of us to get involved fast to really grow the pressure on the IOC. Now's the moment when it can do the most good.
Can you forward this email to friends and ask them to sign the petition too? Here's the link:
We've shown that together we're powerful. All Out members helped end forced sterilisation of trans people in Sweden, got FIFA to speak out against Nigeria's ban on lesbian soccer players, stopped Brazil from legalising gay cures and won equal marriage in France.
Russia's treatment of LGBT people is a huge challenge. If we can turn the tide, it will have incredible ripple effects for love and equality all around the world. We've been partnering with Russian organisations to fight these laws for the last two years, it's time powerful organisations like the IOC did their part.
The Winter Olympics is a huge opportunity to hold Putin accountable, while the spotlight is on Russia. Let's not miss the chance – forward this email now and ask your friends and family to join the massive outcry:
Thanks for going All Out.
Andre, Guillaume, Hayley, Jeremy, Joe, Marie, Sara, Tile and the rest of the All Out team
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An Olympic Legend on Boycotts and Bigotry - New York Times, 29 June 2013
Russia's 'majoritarian' crackdown on minorities rolls on with new anti-gay law - Christian Science Monitor, 1 July 2013
Russian anti-gay laws inspire Sochi Olympics, vodka boycotts - Associated Press, 29 July 2013
Shame on the IOC, NBC and foreign governments for turning a blind eye on Russia's LGBT hate campaign - The Guardian, 29 July 2013
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