Aussie athletes given the thumbs up by Senate for support of Russia’s LGBTI people
Senator Sarah Hanson-Young’s motion to the Senate in support of Australian athletes at the Sochi Winter Olympics who have spoken up for the LGBTI community, has passed the Senate.
“Today the Senate showed its support for Australian athletes who are standing for the LGBTI community in Sochi,” the Greens’ LGBTI spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said. “The Olympics are about celebrating human achievement. They’re about inclusivity and excellence, they’re not about discrimination.
Hanson-Young commended athletes such as Belle Brockhoff for spreading a message of tolerance.
“Athletes like Belle Brockhoff are flying the flag for Australia in the sporting arena, but they’re also spreading the Australian message of tolerance, acceptance and treating people fairly.
“Russia’s discriminatory anti-gay laws need to be condemned and I am pleased that the Australian Parliament recognised those athletes who are speaking out.”
The motion, as passed by the Senate, read;
Senator Sarah Hanson-Young – I move that the Senate;
Congratulate the members of the Australian Olympic team competing at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games who have shown their support for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex community and expressed their deep concern for Russia’s discriminative and homophobic laws.