Concerns growing over US gay athletes being arrested during Winter Olympics in Russia

Draconian anti-gay "proaganda" laws in Russia may affect US athletes and others on the Olympic team unless more assurances of tolerance are forthcoming from the Russian government. The recent crackdown on gays in Russia has even the International Olympic Committee nervous. ABC News: In Russia it is now illegal to even speak about homosexuality around minors, much less openly display gay pride. Technically the ban is against "propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations" around minors, but the implication for openly gay individuals is clear. Public displays of affection by gays, including holding hands or displaying symbols like a rainbow flag, are now banned. Violators face steep fines and jail time; foreigners face similar penalties plus deportation. So what will happen to openly gay athletes and fans, as well as any vocal supporters or protestors, when Russia hosts the Winter Olympics next year in Sochi? This week, comments by a lawmaker from St. Petersburg set off...(Read Full Post)