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A generation ago two brave AA athletes stood on the medal podium in Mexico City and raised their fists in the "black power" salute as the national anthem played. This moment remains an indelible image of the struggle against racism in the United States. Now gay athletes and those who support gay rights have a similar stage and opportunity to make an equally powerful statement, painted against the government sponsored hate in the Olympic host country of Russia.

 

Wouldn't it be great if, as the anthems play for the medal winners in next weeks' winter Olympics in Sochi, a brave athlete would raise his arm high, and, rather than making a fist in the "black power" salute, simply dropped his hand at the wrist, in the time honored "limp wrist" which has been used to scorn and insult gay people for centuries. A press release and statements on twitter and facebook would explain the gesture: "Today the "limp wrist", which people of prejudice have thrown against gay people as a symbol of their weakness and moral deficiency, is raised high on the victors platform of Olympic triumph."

 

I think such a scene (or others like them) might be extraordinary. Perhaps there will be Olympic athletes reading this blog who are inspired to make such a statement. Let's help them out.

 

Give your ideas. How do you think Olympic athletes can speak up for gay equality while in Russia the next several weeks?

 

Cheers

...Somebody's going to emergency. Somebody's going to jail.

You find somebody to love in this world you better hang on tooth and nail. The wolf is always at your door.

Don Henley

 

 

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Warning! The stuffy old queens around here are NOT in favor of displays of emotion or any action other than standing

at attention during Olympic medal ceremonies.

 

It's only a matter of time before their whining starts this time around, too. :rolleyes:

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Well thank you Deej for saying what I was thinking, but didn't say, cause the stuffy old queens around here would come after me, and hunt me down like a dirty dog...

the greatest beauty is

Organic wholeness, the wholeness of life and things,

the divine beauty of the universe.

Love that, not man apart from that,

or else you will share man’s pitiful confusions,

or drown in despair when his days darken."

 

- Robinson Jeffers

 

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