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Press Release


January 30, 2014



Janet Bass
301-502-5222 (Cell)



Michael Cole-Schwartz
HRC Communications


American Federation of Teachers and Human Rights Campaign
Call on Russia to Support LGBT Rights During Olympic Games

WASHINGTON—Statement by leaders of the American Federation of Teachers and the Human Rights Campaign on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights in Russia:

"The Olympic Games is an opportunity for Russia to show the world that it believes in the true meaning of the games: respect for athletes and visitors to the host city, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. We will hold President Putin to his promise for an open and tolerant Winter Olympic Games. Russia has a responsibility to uphold the Olympic Charter, which prohibits discrimination of any kind. Athletes, teams and visitors must be treated fairly, feel safe and have the freedom of association," said Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers.

"Passage of Russia's so-called anti-propaganda law has created a perilous climate in the country for LGBT Russians and their allies. As the world's attention turns to Sochi, we call on the Russian government not only to show respect for all people during the Olympics, but also to move toward acceptance and inclusion of LGBT people after the games are over," said Chad Griffin, president of the Human Rights Campaign.




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The AFT represents 1.5 million pre-K through 12th-grade teachers; paraprofessionals and other school-related personnel; higher education faculty and professional staff; federal, state and local government employees; nurses and healthcare workers; and early childhood educators.