A judge in Russia has this week upheld the Ministry of Justice’s ban on organizing a Pride House for LGBT athletes at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi. In her decision, Svetlana Mordovina reiterated several of the claims that have motivated recent legislation to ban the distribution of gay “propaganda,” including that homosexuality threatens children and families and undermines national security:
MORDOVINA: The aims of the organization contradict the basics of public morality and the policy of the state in the area of family motherhood and childhood protection. The activities of the [Pride House] movement leads to propaganda of non-traditional sexual orientation which can undermine the security of the Russian society and the state, provoke social-religious hatred, which is the feature of the extremist character of the activity. Moreover it can undermine the sovereignty and the territorial integrity of the Russian Federation due to the decrease of Russia’s population.
Such aims as creating an understanding of the necessity to fight against homophobia and the creation of positive attitudes towards LGBT sportsmen contradicts with the basics of public morality because they are directed towards the increase of the number of citizens of sexual minorities which breaches the understanding of good and evil, good and bad, vice and virtue.
Mordovina seems to believe the canard that supporting the LGBT community will somehow prevent or discourage heterosexual couples from having children. It’s not even true that a less homophobic society will make more people gay — though more may come out instead of entering sham marriages. Nevertheless, her decision is a blow to LGBT athletes from around the world who will travel to an already unfriendly place to find they have no hub where they can gather and support each other.
The 2010 Olympics in Vancouver featured the first-ever Olympics Pride House, and this year’s Summer Games in London will also have such a facility as well as a festival running alongside the games. Watch a clip from Stephen Colbert’s visit to the Vancouver Pride House: