Speaking from London, Peter Tatchell, political campaigner best known for his work with the LGBT social movements, spoke to Norman B about the International Olympic Committee allowing anti-gay agendas to be present at the Sochi Winter Games. “We are raising two issues of homophobic discrimination that have not been acknowledged or remedied by the IOC. It very disturbing that the IOC has not sought to overturn the ban on Pride House, despite being urged to do so way back in 2012 when the Russians announced that it would not be permitted. I hope that even at this late stage the IOC will take action to uphold Principle 6 of the Olympic Charter, which prohibits discrimination,” says Peter Tatchell. In a moving interview Peter eloquently tells of his past visits to Russia, being singled out and severely beaten because he is gay. The Peter Tatchell Foundation seeks to promote and protect the human rights of individuals, communities and nations, in the UK and internationally, in accordance with established national and international human rights law.
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We tackle a lot of subjects on LIfe Elsewhere, and when another news story breaks, I attempt to present you with a fresh or different perspective. Today, we are going to look at a story that has been brewing for some while…but I’m guessing my perspective is most likely the same as yours…dumbfounded! This issue being the controversial new legislation in Russia that outlaws the promotion of homosexuality. Our guest include Russian author and gay activist Masha Geesen, in London, Peter Tatchell human rights activist, in Russia sports editor Mitch Phillips and Professor Jimmie Cain. All this plus The Hit That Never Was.
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“Putin is the ‘Czar of Homophobia’. His regime has outlawed the public expression of LGBT identity and affection – and prohibited the advocacy of LGBT human rights – in circumstances where a person under 18 might see it. The adoption of children by overseas same-sex couples has also been banned and LGBT organisations that receive donations from abroad are being fined as ‘foreign agents’. These are the latest examples of escalating homophobic and political repression in Russia,” said Peter Tatchell, Director of the Peter Tatchell Foundation. On the next edition of Life Elsewhere we discuss what is happening in Russia with Peter Tatchell.
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