Martina Navratilova, one of the Tennis legends came out in support of athletes of the LGBT community during an United Nations event on 10 December. She asked international bodies, such as International Olympic Committee (IOC) and FIFA to support the community. Many sportspersons feel that the IOC has not done much to defend gay rights before the upcoming 2014 Winter Olympics.
She came out in support of gay rights, especially with things shaping up in Russia. Russia has come under mounting human rights criticism internationally since passing an anti-gay propaganda law earlier this year that opponents contend curtails the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in the country, as reported by Yahoo Sports.
During the event, Navratilova said, ''What's going on in Russia right now is very sad. I am sure it will change. What the athletes can do, you know it shouldn't be the athletes. The onus should not be on the athletes. It should be on the IOC (International Olympic Committee). The onus should be on the governments. The athletes, they just want to play ball, they want to ski, they want to play hockey, they want to run. And they want to compete. This is what they have been working for all their life, and they should not be mired one way or the other. They should be allowed to be who they are. And if they want to speak out they should be allowed to speak out."
It is not only in Russia, where the LGBT community are robbed of their rights, but also in India, where only yesterday, the Supreme Court declared gay sex as illegal and punishable. Ever since, gay activists are protesting against the SC verdict.