British gay rights activist Peter Tatchell is calling for the International Olympic Committee to ban participation by nations that discriminate against LGBT people.
Here's a news release from Tatchell:
- 150+ nations permit discrimination against LGBT athletes
- Olympic Charter prohibits all discrimination
- Jacques Rogge & Lord Coe fail to enforce Olympic Charter
- All nations must sign equality pledge - or face ban
London - 12 July 2012
"The Olympic Charter prohibits all discrimination, and this includes homophobic discrimination. Any country that discriminates against women, ethnic or religious minorities, or lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) athletes should be disqualified from the 2012 Olympics," said human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell, Director of the London-based human rights advocacy organisation, the Peter Tatchell Foundation.
The Olympic Charter states:
“Any form of discrimination with regard to a country or a person on grounds of race, religion, politics, gender or otherwise is incompatible with belonging to the Olympic Movement”
“Why isn’t homophobia, biphobia and transphobia being challenged by the Olympic authorities? It is wrong that in over 150 countries LGBT athletes are forced to hide their sexuality in order to get selected and compete,” added Mr Tatchell.
“The International Olympic Committee and London Olympic organisers should require all competing nations to sign a pledge that they do not discriminate on the grounds of gender, ethnicity, religion or sexual orientation. If they refuse to sign, they should be denied participation in the games.