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Olympics adds sexual orientation to non-discrimination policy

2014-12-09
gay olympicsThe International Olympic Committee (IOC) has voted to recommend that sexual orientation be added to the Olympic Charter's non-discrimination clause, providing great protection for LGBT people at future Games. Nine months after the Winter Olympics in Sochi sparked an outcry over Russia's treatment of LGBT people, the IOC voted unanimously on Monday (December 8) to include sexual orientation to be included as one of the Games' fundamental equality principles. The Charter will now read: "The enjoyment of the rights and freedoms set forth in this Olympic Charter shall be secured without 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." Earlier this year, an anti-discrimination clause was added to the host city contract, and the new measure may also have a bearing on whether countries will anti-gay laws or widespread discrimination will be allowed to host Olympic events. Hudson Taylor of LGBT sports organisation Athlete Ally said: "There is no greater sign of progress in combating homophobia in sports than to have the oldest organized athletic competition in the history of the world saying enough is enough. "The Olympic Charter took a major step today recognizing that the practice of sport is a human right and that every individual must be able to practice without discrimination." More stories: Watch YouTube star Connor Franta come out as gay Watch what happened when a 30-stone man entered Mr Gay UK