Professor Amy Blass on Slate: Like All Olympics, the Sochi Games Will Be Corrupt, Troubling … and Fabulous
02/12/2014 

There will be no Pride House in Sochi. Although Pride House provided a gathering place for LGBTQ athletes, volunteers, and visitors at the Vancouver and London Olympics, with speculation swirling about security and potential political protests, the Russian Ministry of Justice was clear that Pride House was not welcome in Sochi, because it, “incites propaganda of non-traditional sexual orientation which can undermine the security of the Russian society and the state.”

There has never been a purely honorable Olympics, but at least superficially, Sochi wins gold for its troubles. The venue where snowboarder Shaun White had hoped to double his gold medal count for example, is located on “Red Hill,” so named for the Russian massacre of the Circassians in 1864.* Environmentalists, too, have been vocal about the proximity of the venues to protected lands, while Russia admitted last fall that it had broken the Zero Waste Olympic Pledge, confessing to illegal dumping and contaminated water.

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