The Winter Olympics & LGBT Equality

The Winter Olympics & LGBT Equality

Sports writer Dave Zirin joins Kojo to explore how the upcoming Winter Olympic games in Sochi, Russia, have become the venue for a global debate about LGBT equality.

The upcoming Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, are already a venue for a global debate about LGBT equality. Some activists are calling for a boycott of the games, in the wake of the passage of Russian laws that target "homosexual propaganda" and adoptions of Russian children by same-sex couples. But there's a long history of the games doubling as a venue for political debates. Sports writer Dave Zirin joins us in the studio to consider how this latest controversy fits into that tradition.

Guests

Dave Zirin

Sports Editor, The Nation; Author, “Game Over: How Politics Turned the Sports World Upside Down” (New Press, 2013)

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