Target: Vladimir Uruimagov
Goal: Express disapproval of this Russian wrestling coach’s anti-gay slurs
Recently, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced their decision to remove Olympic wrestling from future summer Olympic games. After this, a Russian gold-medal wrestling coach Vladimir Uruimagov made statements indicating that wrestling was necessary to prevent world domination by gay people.
Uruimagov claimed publicly that the removal of wrestling as a confirmed Olympic sport was the work of a conspiracy of “sexual minorities” who are attempting to take control of the world. The IOC itself however has come under criticism for homophobia in the past.
Russia continues to lag behind the rest of the world in LGBT equality, recently passing sweeping anti-gay legislation. This legislation can be interpreted as outlawing gay parades and even public gay kissing under the guise of “homosexual propaganda.” In the eyes of many Russians, gay people are contributing to population loss, and encouraging gay people would only encourage this trend. Russia’s population continues to fall due to low birth rates.
This Russian coach’s homophobic comments only serve as a grim reminder of Russia’s overall anti-gay sentiment. Sign the petition below to denounce his comments and call for a more gay-friendly Russia.
Dear Vladimir Uruimagov,
Your recent comments over wrestling’s official demotion from being a confirmed Olympic sport were offensive to gay people are are totally unacceptable. Your apparent belief in a worldwide gay conspiracy is not only ludicrous, but ignorant and insulting to LGBT people everywhere. I am writing to ask you to apologize for your comments.
Russia, as you know, is not a friendly country to gay people. The passage of a recent anti-gay law in your country only highlights that unfortunate fact. By publicly apologizing for your offensive comments, you will at least do a little to reverse this troubling trend in your country. Please do the right thing and apologize.
[Your Name Here]
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