WE WON! The International Olympic Committee (IOC) just announced new human rights rules for host cities. This was their amazing response to our massive campaign in Russia, with our partners Athlete Ally and Human Rights Watch.
From now on, potential Olympics host cities have to sign a legally binding contract that requires them to protect lesbian, gay, bi and trans people – in line with Olympic Principle 6 on non-discrimination.
Here's how we did it:
118,759 of us told the IOC to change their rules for Olympic hosts, with an unprecedented coalition of 40 groups – so no country with harsh anti-gay laws like Russia's could ever host the Games again. We delivered a massive petition and sent thousands of email submissions when they asked for feedback on how they choose host cities.
Thousands of us marched in the streets in over 50 cities around the world. Over 425,158 signed a petition to world leaders to speak out. We made sure no one could talk about the Olympics in Sochi without bringing up Russia's anti-gay propaganda law.
Together, we pressured Olympics sponsors to speak out. We even surrounded Coca-Cola's HQ with billboards.
We joined with more than 50 Olympians and Athlete Ally to get the IOC to include lesbian, gay, bi, and trans people in Principle 6, the non-discrimination clause of the Olympic Charter.
This is the power of All Out: We're coming together to get big institutions like the Olympics to join us and fight discrimination. And now, because of each of us, we can help make sure that next Olympics, there's no more Sochis.
Thanks for being a part of this movement, and thanks for going All Out.
Andre, Jeremy and the rest of the All Out team.
PS. There's no guarantee that any new rule will be enforced perfectly. Together, we have to keep fighting for these rules to exist and make they are fully enforced and improved.
PPS. Right now in Uganda, 254 politicians are bringing back their anti-gay law, and two have been granted special leave to prepare the bill for return. Our partners on the ground have a ground-breaking plan that could change everything. We've got five days to raise what they need to put their plan into action – before it’s too late. Will you chip in now and help fund the fight in Uganda, and around the world? https://www.allout.org/All-
Olympic anti-discrimination clause introduced after Sochi gay rights row - The Guardian, 25 September 2014
IOC adds anti-discrimination to host contract - Associated Press, 25 September 2014
Olympic Committee Adds Anti-Discrimination Clause for Host Cities - Time, 24 September 2014