Sochi Games 2014: How Canada's 'A Little Gay' and Google's Doodle Stood-up to Russia's Anti-Gay Propaganda [Photos, Video]
By Johnlee Varghese | February 8, 2014 6:53 PM EST
While Russia is yet to relent from its anti-gay stance, the Canadian Institute of Diversity and Inclusion (CIDI) quietly decided to show the Sochi Games host nation, how Olympics have always been “a little gay.” The institute earlier this week, released a short video that shows why the the LGBT community should be allowed at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.
Russia has been facing a lot of criticism for its anti-gay propaganda law that makes homosexuality illegal. The law restricts the rights of gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgenders and homosexuality is deemed as heinous a crime as 'pedophilia.'
It is feared that the Russia's anti-law could pose a threat to LGBT people, including the athletes and spectators participating at the Winter Olympic Games at Sochi.
While the games have started amidst fear and trepidation, the video by the Canadian Institute of Diversity has garnered appreciation for its pro-gay message and exhibiting support for the LGBT community.
The video that spans just about 30 seconds, in a rather funny and simple way, points out that it is rather silly to exclude gay people, because even the Olympics have always been 'a little gay.'
The video clip from CIDI, shows two lycra-clad men sitting in a tight' position at the start of a luge run. With exaggerated pelvic thrusts, the video that plays Don't You Want Me by "Human League" ends with a message: "The Games have always been a little gay...Let's fight to keep them that way."
The video has gathered over 2.6 million views since it was uploaded on Tuesday.
Similarly, even Google took a strong public stand on the matter and to mark the first day of the Winter Olympics in Sochi draped its homepage Doodle in the rainbow flag.
The site donned the colors that have come to symbolize support for LGBT rights around the world. The doodle also displayed the Olympic Charter,which states - "The practice of sport is a human right. Every individual must have the possibility of practicing sport, without discrimination of any kind and in the Olympic spirit, which requires mutual understanding with a spirit of friendship, solidarity and fair play."
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