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Ros-Lehtinen leads congressional letter to U.S. Olympic Committee: How to keep LGBT athletes safe?

From U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen's office:

Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen along with Congressman Mark Takano, lead a letter to the CEO of the U.S. Olympic Committee, Mr. Scott Blackburn, asking what steps the Committee is taking to ensure the safety and well-being of athletes who will travel to the Olympic Games in Sochi next year.

Text of the letter:

October 7, 2013

Scott Blackmun

Chief Executive Officer

United States Olympic Committee

27 South Tejon

Colorado Springs, CO 80903

Mr. Blackmun,

We are very concerned with Russia’s anti-lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) law and the upcoming Winter Olympics being hosted in Sochi. The protection of an individual’s human rights, regardless of a person’s background, is of utmost concern to us as Americans and Members of Congress.

As you are aware, Russia’s recently enacted law purports to protect children by prohibiting support for LGBT people in the country. In the wake of the law there have been an increasing number of anti-LGBT hate crimes reported by the media in Russia. We are concerned about the treatment of athletes and spectators traveling to Sochi for the 2014 Winter Olympics who disagree with Russia’s violation of the human rights of LGBT people.

Here's the complete letter:

Reps Ros-Lehtinen and Takano Letter to US Olympic Committee

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