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HuffPostLive / Update on Russian Open Games

Posted in Olympics, Pride House, sport, video by marcnaimark on 2014/02/27

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The long-anticipated “Gay Games” in Russia began immediately following the closing ceremonies of the 2014 Sochi WinterOlympics, but organizers soon realized that businesses would be offering resistance to hosting the event.

Amid allegations of government pressure, Russian businesses are reportedly breaking contracts with organizers of the “Gay Games” at the last minute. HuffPost Live sat down with Marc Naimark, the Vice President for External Affairs with the Federation of Gay Games, in order to better understand the series of events.

“The organizers really had no great concerns — they were discreet about what the event was going to be. But according to the law — the famous anti-gay propaganda law — these events are not illegal in any way. Children or minors are not allowed, participants are only present in the venues where the competitions and social events are taking place. So, there’s nothing illegal about them, this is all just part of the general homophobic campaign.”

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