Well, the Sochi Olympics are over, there were no major violent incidents involving LGBTs, and now we can all return home confident in the knowledge that everything is wonderful and perfect for gay people living in Russia.
Haha, just kidding. A bunch of hotels just blacklisted a convention for LGBT athletes just a few hours before it was supposed to start.
The Russian Open Games report that the Hilton Hotel and other venues have cancelled reservations without notice, apparently in response to pressure from antigay lawmakers. Who could have seen that coming?
The three hundred attendees from 11 countries are now left with nowhere to go. But the Open Games are regrouping and will have further information soon about their next steps.
In the meantime, there’s a call for Paralympic President Sir Phillip Craven (his real name!) to skip the upcoming Paralympic games if the Open Games are blocked. That seems like a tough ask! But the International Paralympic Committee Code of Ethics states that members will fight any discrimination based on sexual orientation, so the least Craven can do is issue a statement or something.
Will the Paralympic Committee stand up for what’s right where the Olympic Committee failed? Time will tell.