Russia's Olympic Playbook

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This Olympic gay kiss challenges censorship and criminalization

We’ve probably seen similar images during a news blooper reel, people camera bombing behind the reporter during a live news report. This time, the kiss signaled something bigger than just a kiss. 

Out Olympians represent countries that persecute and criminalize LGBTQ people

Sixty-nine countries criminalise private, consensual, same-sex sexual activity. The wording of the laws may include language like ‘sodomy’, ‘buggery’ and ‘unnatural offenses’. Regardless of their specific wording, these laws essentially criminalize being LGBTQ. 

Additionally, several other countries don’t provide adequate legal protections for LGBTQ people, leaving them vulnerable to government persecution and attacks from their fellow citizens. 

Covering LGBTQ Athletes at the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics and Paralympics: a Guide for Media

The 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics and Paralympics will bring excitement, hope, and inspiration to millions of sports fans around the world this February 4th through 20th. And the participation of out LGBTQ athletes will not only provide positive representation and visibility for LGBTQ people, but will also give journalists a news peg from which to explore topics facing LGBTQ athletes at every level.

LGBTQ Olympians deserve fair coverage. GLAAD's Olympic guide helps them get that.

GLAAD’s media-shaping work was in full swing during the Summer Olympic Games, held in Tokyo. According to Outsports, over 170 out LGBTQ athletes were at the Tokyo games, making these the most inclusive Olympic games in history and tripling the Rio Games just four years ago. Also, for the first time, out transgender and non-binary Olympians competed, making history, and impacting media coverage on transgender athletes at all levels.

Adam Rippon and Gus Kenworthy prove there is a place in sports for queer kids like me

Watching the out athletes perform gave me a pride I’d never felt before—a level of enjoyment that you only really feel when you truly root for someone.

Dear Adam Rippon

As kids, Adam Rippon taught GLAAD Campus Ambassador, Aisling McDermott how to skate. Now, Aisling thanks Adam for teaching LGBTQ kids everywhere how to live proudly as queer.

LGBTQ acceptance front and center in new P&G ‘Love Over Bias’ Olympics video

Video features six vignettes reflecting athletes’ struggles with bias as seen through their moms’ eyes.

GLAAD Global Voices stories from 2014 More than ever, LGBT advocacy took on an international flavor in 2014. Take a look at some of the biggest LGBT stories from 2014.

"It’s led to a huge increase in antigay violence, including murders. It’s led to attacks on gay and lesbian clubs and film festivals… and because these laws are passed supposedly to protect children, the people who are most targeted or have the most to fear are LGBT parents…LGBT people have an incredible amount to fear right now, especially if they have children.” 
– Russian author and activist Masha Gessen to

As the eyes of the world turn to the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, journalists will have an opportunity to tell the stories of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Russians, whose lives have changed significantly and, in many cases, endangered as a result of the country's anti-LGBT laws and environment. 

The lives of LGBT Russians are a significant part of the 2014 Winter Olympics story. Celebrities and notables have spoken out against the persecution of LGBT Russians, heads of state have refused to attend the 2014 Winter Olympics because of Russia's anti-LGBT laws, and activists have called for boycotts of the Games. As you plan coverage of the 2014 Winter Olympics, it is important to not only highlight the violence and inequality facing LGBT Russians, but also to share their personal stories and experiences.