"I think Putin and Russia have a big stake in making sure the Olympics work, and I think they understand that for most of the countries that participate in the Olympics, we wouldn't tolerate gays and lesbians being treated differently. They're athletes, they're there to compete. And if Russia wants to uphold the Olympic spirit, then every judgment should be made on the track, or in the swimming pool, or on the balance beam, and people's sexual orientation shouldn't have anything to do with it."
How We Can Help:
- Please tell the President that what he said is a great start, but ask him to keep making public statements to Putin in order to start a global conversation about LGBT rights as Human Rights, and to make Sochi safe for everyone. www.whitehouse.gov/contact