I’ve seen lots of petitions circulating demanding that the 2014 Winter Olympics be pulled from Russia because of their barbaric anti-gay laws or that we boycott them and not let our athletes compete to protest those laws. Neither of those is going to happen, folks. The Olympics are six months away, they can’t be moved at this point. And our athletes should not be denied the right to compete, especially when it won’t actually change anything.
But here’s what I would really love to see. At the opening ceremonies, both the American athletes and those from a lot of other countries as well should pull out little rainbow flags or signs with the equal sign on them, like the ones so ubiquitous on Facebook a few weeks ago. One athlete coming out and taking a stand for equality can be dismissed and that person can be arrested. But what are they going to do, arrest half the athletes during the opening ceremonies for their “propaganda” with the entire world watching? Not a chance in hell. It will embarrass the Russian government and be a powerful statement against bigotry.