IOC lifts restrictions on transgender athletes

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London (AP) – Transgender athletes should be allowed to compete in the Olympics and other international events without undergoing sex reassignment surgery, according to new guidelines adopted by the IOC.

International Olympic Committee medical officials told The Associated Press they changed the policy to adapt to current scientific, social and legal attitudes on transgender issues.

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IOC makes Olympic-sized move on LGBT issues

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Monaco – The International Olympic Committee approved a new Olympic bidding process this month to make the system less costly and more flexible to attract future candidates—to including adding sexual orientation to its non-discrimination policy.

Under Principle 6, the new clause states there should be no discrimination “of any kind, such as race, color, sex, sexual orientation, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.”

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IOC adds anti-discrimination to host contract

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The IOC will require future Olympic host cities to abide by rules that forbid any kind of discrimination, a move prompted by the outcry caused by Russia’s adoption of a law banning so-called gay “propaganda” ahead of the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi

The International Olympic Committee sent a letter to the three candidates for the 2022 Winter Games specifying that the host city contract will include new wording on non-discrimination.

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Gay rights group sends petition to IOC

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Lausanne, Switzerland – More than 100,000 members of an international gay rights group have sent messages to the IOC urging changes to ensure that future Olympic host countries do not have discriminatory laws on their books.

The group All Out reiterated its call on the International Olympic Committee to overhaul its selection process, citing the controversy that surrounded the Winter Games in Sochi over Russia’s law prohibiting so-called gay “propaganda.”

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Olympics opens the doors for activisim on anti-gay Russian laws

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NEW YORK (AP) – Despite seven months of international outcry, Russia’s law restricting gay-rights activity remains in place. Yet the eclectic protest campaign has heartened activists in Russia and caught the attention of its targets – including organizers and sponsors of the Sochi Olympics that open on Feb. 7.

Over the past two weeks, two major sponsors, Coca-Cola and McDonald’s, have seen some of their Sochi-related social media campaigns commandeered by gay-rights supporters who want the companies to condemn the law. Several activists plan to travel to Sochi, hoping to team up with sympathetic athletes to protest the law while in the Olympic spotlight.

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Russian gay activists say IOC refused to meet with them

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MOSCOW (AP) – Russian gay activists say the new president of the International Olympic Committee refused to meet with them while visiting the 2014 Winter Games city of Sochi.

Preparations for the Sochi Olympics have been overshadowed by criticism of a recently enacted Russian law outlawing “propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations among minors.” Many worry the law may apply to gay athletes and visitors.

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Putin says gay athletes and guests will feel “comfortable” at Olympics

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Sochi, Russia (AP) – President Vladimir Putin promised Monday that gay athletes and guests at the Winter Olympics in Sochi will feel at ease, seeking to assuage fears fueled by a recent Russian law banning gay “propaganda.”

Speaking at a meeting with heads of Russian winter sports federations, which was also attended by visiting IOC President Thomas Bach, Putin said Sochi would be fully tolerant.

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IOC requests more information on Russia’s anti-gay laws

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Moscow (AP) – The International Olympic Committee is waiting for more clarification from the Russian government on the anti-gay law that is overshadowing preparations for the Winter Games in Sochi.

The law, signed by President Vladimir Putin in June, bans “propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations” and imposes fines on those holding gay pride rallies. It has caused a major international outcry and spawned calls for protests ahead of the Feb. 7-23 Olympics in the Black Sea resort.

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IOC wants more info from Russia on anti-gay laws

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Moscow (AP) – The International Olympic Committee is waiting for more clarification from the Russian government on the anti-gay law that is overshadowing preparations for the Winter Games in Sochi.

The law, signed by President Vladimir Putin in June, bans “propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations” and imposes fines on those holding gay pride rallies. It has caused a major international outcry and spawned calls for protests ahead of the Feb. 7-23 Olympics in the Black Sea resort.

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