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Thursday, February 6, 2014
Queer nationQueer nation activists protest outside the Russian consulate in New York City on Thursday.

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Queer nation activists protest outside the Russian consulate in New York City on Thursday.

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NEW YORK — More than 100 members of the gay activist group Queer Nation and others who oppose the Russian government’s continued attacks on human rights, including the rights of LGBT Russians, marked the opening of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games with a raucous protest directly in front of the Russian consulate in New York City at noon today.

The protest included three people wearing Putin masks who dumped fake blood on the iconic five-ringed Olympic flag to underscore what Queer Nation alleges is the International Olympic Committee’s complicity with the Russian government.

Protester Ann Northrop said the gesture symbolized how the Olympics are being run on “the blood of the people of Russia.”

“We’ve focused on the IOC and how holding the Olympics in Sochi goes against everything in its charter,” said Queer Nation member Ken Kidd, referring to past Queer Nation protests.

Among the protesters were gay Russians who have fled Russia and are seeking asylum in the U.S., members of RUSA LGBT, an organization of gay and lesbian Russian expatriates, students from Queens College, and members of Judson Memorial Church in Greenwich Village.

They chanted “Sochi is a scam, the whole is watching,” “Queer rights are human rights!” and “Gay bashing is not an Olympic sport!”; held “Putin heads” on sticks; and carried anti-Putin signs in both English and Russian.

Last June, the Russian government enacted legislation that effectively bans any pro-LGBT statement in public or private and on the Internet. In July, a law banning adoptions of Russian children by people from any jurisdiction that allows same sex marriage took effect.

Last year, the Russian parliament considered legislation that would allow the government to remove children from a household headed by a gay or lesbian parent. While that legislation has been withdrawn ahead of the Olympics, activists believe the parliament will reintroduce it after the Games are over.

Queer Nation — a direct action group dedicated to ending discrimination, violence, and repression against the LGBT community — has also targeted corporate sponsors of the Olympics, most notably Coca-Cola and McDonalds,

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30 more reader comments:

  1. I’m praying God will put a rainbow in the sky over Russia that will be seen day and night for the duration of the games.

    Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 8:20pm
  2. but please do not hold your breath 1

    Replied on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 8:29pm
  3. there will be more like a shadow of darness and hate

    Replied on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 9:34pm
  4. These muthafuckas need to go back to their whack ass country where they came from fuck Russians !

    Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 8:24pm
  5. Fuck Russians? Whack-ass country? How do your own feelings and intentions differ from those of the folks you dislike?

    Replied on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 8:28pm
  6. My spirit is there with everyone. Pray god protects ALL PEOPLE at the games. May there be peace.

    Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 8:24pm
  7. The revolution is on.

    Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 8:36pm
  8. Walter Lasseigne Parenteau do i like I give a fuck look I have my reason alright the fact they want to take over NYC and speak against gay people is really fuck up what im preferring is if they proud to be so homophobic then go back to their country where they came from dont be going to our state that supports our gay rights to speak against it this is not Russia sorry yall can suck my dick from the back

    Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 8:39pm
  9. Stand up for your (our) rights brothers and sisters!

    Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 8:41pm
  10. good for them

    Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 9:00pm
  11. I say use a prism and cast a rainbow 24/7

    Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 9:10pm
  12. guys that’s way to extreme with like the bloody Olympics flag, I know how angry yall are at, at Russia but if were gonna protest lets not go all crazy scary about it like bigots do

    Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 9:11pm
  13. How do I support Gay Olympians while protesting the Olympics at the same time? I already drink Pepsi instead of coke and don’t eat McDonald’s.

    Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 9:23pm
  14. Good confront the bigots right at the door!

    Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 9:30pm
  15. lets not forget the stray dogs.

    Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 9:39pm
  16. Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 9:56pm
  17. i am just on my way to the one here..TORONTO!

    Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 10:19pm
  18. Brook Carrell Jessica Hailey Childress Amanda Kayy Maples

    Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 10:29pm
  19. You go Ann Northrup and Andy Humm!!

    Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 11:04pm
  20. Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 12:01am
  21. I stand in Solidarity with you all.

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 12:02am
  22. Wish I could have been there.

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 12:03am
  23. I don’ t think Russia gives a Rat’s Ass what they think, that is one of the difference between us. We have a live and let live attitude while Russia being a socialist country is My way or the highway.

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 12:40am
  24. I don’t think the bloody Olympic flag is extreme after watching all the videos of the bashing going on against our community in Russia

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 12:42am
  25. Good! If I still lived there I’d have joined them if they allowed me.

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 3:33am
  26. the truth behind what is really going on http://www.infowars.com/the-truth-about-russias-anti-gay-law/

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 3:54am
  27. I wish that country all the best! Why can’t people just get along! <3

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 5:13am
  28. David, relax. Read the article again and then learn to use commas. Even a period or exclamation point.

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 8:05am
  29. How did Russia even become a CONSIDERATION for the games in the first place????

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 12:24pm
  30. good for these activists! they may seem extreme but its that type of behavior that gets media attention and spreads the word about the challenges in Russia. I thank them and truly appreciate the risk they’re taking to get the word out.

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 12:58pm