As reported on MyFoxDC:Putin told volunteers Friday that gays visiting Sochi “can feel calm and at ease,” and vowed that there would be no discrimination at the games. But he emphasized that, according to a law banning homosexual “propaganda” among minors, gays cannot express their views on gay rights issues to anyone underage.”
Despite all the talk about the LBGT community not being welcome at the Sochi Olympics, Russian President, Vladmir Putin issues a statement to ease the minds of those attending and participating in the 2014 Olympics. Putin’s statements come at a time when most in the LGBT community had concerns of traveling to the games, his goal is to ease those fears.
Putin’s exact statement in the Q&A session: “We have no ban on the nontraditional forms of sexual intercourse among people,” Putin said in remarks carried by the Interfax news service. “We have the ban on the propaganda of homosexuality and pedophilia. I want to stress this: propaganda among minors. These are two absolutely different things: a ban on certain relations or the propaganda of such relations.”
Putin stressed that Russia has their own culture and and traditions and all they ask of those that attend is they show the same respect while they are in Russia.