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Lake Placid asked to back Olympic LGBT resolution

February 5, 2014
By CHRIS KNIGHT ( , Lake Placid News

The village of Lake Placid has been asked to endorse a resolution that encourages the International Olympic Committee to promote future Olympic host cities to be more accepting of gay rights.

The move comes amid widespread condemnation of a Russian law, passed in 2013, that bans the distribution of "propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations" to minors.

This year's Winter Olympics, opening ceremonies for which will take place Friday, are being held in Sochi, Russia.

Lake Placid Mayor Craig Randall said the resolution encouraging formal acceptance of the gay community at the Olympics was drafted by the city council of Vancouver, Canada, which hosted the 2010 Winter Olympics. It's being sent to other former Olympic host cities.

"In Vancouver, they established a pride house for the LGBT (Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community," Randall said. "Russia, which has very different rules, obviously has not. (Vancouver officials) are suggesting that former cities that support those ideals encourage the IOC to put that in as a standing requirement for future host cities."

The resolution also asks the IOC to enshrine the rights of LGBT athletes into the Olympic charter.

"It's a very honorable undertaking Vancouver has put forward, and it's not inconsistent with our standards here in the U.S.," Randall said. "We could endorse Vancouver's resolution, or adopt it as our own. That's something we're working on."

Randall said he could also bring the resolution to the World Union of Olympic Cities, an organization formed in 2008. Lake Placid has a seat on the union's executive committee.



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