Standing up to inequality
by LP on February 9, 2014 - 9:07pm
In the article “Canadian cities to fly gay pride flags in Olympic protest” written February 6 2014, Allan Woods talks about the protest taking place in Montreal about gay rights that has been raised by the issue of Russia’s anti-gay laws. Montreal is one of many Canadian cities that have decided to raise the gay pride flag for the duration of the Olympics Games in recognition of all the gay and lesbian communities in Russia. The Mayor of Montreal, Coderre, talked about this matter saying that as a large metropolis he is concerned about the rights of members of the LGBT (Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community around the world. To raise awareness about the inequality, the Quebec government is planning to fly the flag at the Montreal’s Olympic stadium where the 1976 summer games were held. Pascal Bérubé, the Quebec Tourism Minister, confirmed that the mast of the Olympic Stadium will be illuminated in the colours of the gay pride flag. Several Canadian athletes have joined the pro allies group, this is a group consisting of pro athletes who help promote the mission to end homophobia and transphobia in sports, also called the Principle 6 campaign. This name is taken from the Olympic charter which says “any form of discrimination is incompatible with belonging to the Olympic Movement.” Rumors says that the campaign would consist of a six-finger salutes from athletes on the podium. The Quebec government and Montreal are taking great steps to raise awareness of this situation, but to improve this injustice we would need to show people that in 2014 we should not maltreat people. We’ve all been told that we should accept others just the way they are, even with their imperfections, so why should we let Russia get away with bullying people. We should not only focus on raising awareness about the anti-gays laws but we should also bring awareness to the unfairness towards gays, lesbian, bisexual and transgender.