Putin: Gay People Who 'Leave Kids Alone' Welcome At Sochi
At a meeting for volunteers, Putin said gay people are welcome if they "leave kids alone" in accordance with Russia's anti-gay-propaganda law.By Laura Heck | January 17, 2014
The 2014 Winter Olympic Games will kick off Feb. 7, and Russian President Vladimir Putin wants to make it clear that gay people should feel welcome despite Russia's controversial anti-gay-propaganda law. He hosted a meeting with volunteers Friday.
Putin was asked about his attitude toward gay people at the games, which some have speculated could be inhospitable. He replied: "One can feel calm and at ease. Just leave kids alone, please." His comment, of course, references new Russian policy. (Via Al Jazeera)
"According to a Russian law that bans homosexual propaganda among minors, gays cannot express their views on gay rights issues to anyone who's underage." (Via KTVU)