IOC Will Disqualify Protestors, Russian Cops Will Arrest Them

998917_10151576128943861_1467695647_nPlans for Olympic athletes to protest Russia’s anti-gay laws by carrying rainbow flags, wearing rainbow pins and patches, and wave rainbow flags were in tatters today as the IOC confirmed that any athlete making a political gesture will be disqualified, and the Russian interior ministry confirmed the police would enforce the anti-gay law and arrest them.

The only remain options are now to move the Olympics elsewhere, or boycott them altogether.

PLEASE make your voice heard by signing a petition, protesting direct to the Olympic Committee, and the local and international sponsors.

Australian Olympic Committee Email

Patron in Chief Her Excellency Ms Quentin Bryce AC, Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia Email

President John D Coates AC, LLB Email

Vice Presidents Helen M Brownlee OAM, BEd Email

STATE OLYMPIC COUNCILS

ACT Olympic Council
C/- 53 Glasgow Street,
Hughes ACT 2605
Ph: Secretary (Mr Bruce Coe) – 0416 198 852

NSW Olympic Council
Level 4, 140 George Street
Museum of Contemporary Art
Sydney NSW 2000
Ph: (02) 9247 2000

QLD Olympic Council
69 Hale Street,
Brisbane QLD 4000
(07) 3121 6428

SA Olympic Council
PO Box 219,
Brooklyn Park SA 5032
Ph: (08) 7424 7749
Fax: (08) 7424 7759

TAS Olympic Council
1 Self Point Rd,
Cornelian Bay TAS 7008
Ph: (03) 6230 8260
Fax: (03) 6228 0855

VIC Olympic Council
PO Box 2228,
Richmond South VIC 3121
Ph: (03) 9427 0700
Fax: (03) 9428 0800

WA Olympic Council
PO Box 268
Tuart Hill WA 6939
Ph: (08) 9440 4211
Fax: (08) 9440 4233

LOBBY POLITICIANS

Write to the Minister for Sport Senator Don Farrell

Write to the Prime Minister

Sign the petition asking SPONSORS to withdraw support

CHANNEL 10 – TV SPONSORS

Wondering why Channel Ten are turning a blind eye to the horrors of the anti-gay violence in Russia? Why they haven’t reported on the calls for a boycott? Because they paid $20m to broadcast the games.

TWEET UP A STORM!

Local TV sponsors Australia Channel 10: @channeltennews @channelten

Australian Team Sponsors (full list) include

Swisse @SwisseAU

Adidas @adidasAU

Speedo @SpeedoAus

Qantas @QantasAirways

MAJOR SPONSORS (list here)

NBC Olympics: @nbcolympics

Coca Cola: @cocacola

McDonalds Corp: @mcdonaldscorp

Samsung: @samsungtweets

Omega: @omegawatches

GE: @generalelectric

Visa: @visa

Panasonic: @panasonic

P&G: @pgeveryday

Atos: @atos

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Veteran gay writer and speaker, Doug was one of the founders of the UKs pioneering GLBTI newspaper Gay News (1972) , and of the second, Gay Week, and is a former Features Editor of Him International. He presented news and current affairs on JOY 94.9 FM Melbourne for more than ten years. "Doug is revered, feared and reviled in equal quantities, at times dividing people with his journalistic wrath. Yet there is no doubt this grandpa-esque bear keeps everyone abreast of anything and everything LGBT across the globe." (Daniel Witthaus, "Beyond Priscilla", Clouds of Magellan, Melbourne, 2014)