August 8, 2013
The solution is as simple as a piece of cloth.
If athletes both LGBT and their supporters would wear a rainbow wristband and/or headband during events and while in the Olympic Village that alone will speak more volumes than any protest of words and signs ever could.
Imagine athletes standing on award platforms and after the national anthem of the country which takes away the gold medal plays they pull back their sleeve to reveal a Rainbow wristband and put their arm high in the air to show a support of solidarity for Russian LGBTs.
At the closing of the Olympics as athletes walk into the stadium they put on and keep on a Rainbow headband. That image alone broadcast around the world will do more than any of the suggestions offered thus far over the outrage regarding Russian policy against LGBTs.
It’s so simple, costs next to nothing and I dare say the safest way to “demonstrate”. Afterall do you believe the Russian police will round-up all the “offenders” who do this in protest. I think not.
Yes there is a way to protest Russia’s policy. Defiant yet non-aggressive.
Something which both Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr and Gandhi would approve of.
Common sense and simplicity are often the answer to champion a cause.