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Gay Athletes Jason Collins, Martina Navratilova Urge Olympic Support at the UN

Jason Collins

Jason Collins

By Cara Anna

Ex-NBA player Jason Collins and tennis great Martina Navratilova urged the International Olympic Committee to do more to support gay athletes at a special event for International Human Rights Day.

The two openly gay athletes appeared at the United Nations, along with human rights activists.

This year’s events and comments are largely focused on the upcoming Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, where a law passed this summer banning homosexual “propaganda” has drawn international condemnation.

In a related event, U.S. ambassador to the U.N. Samantha Power called the Russian law “as outrageous as it is dangerous.”

She was meeting with dozens of LGBT activists from around the world.

Power says 78 countries still have laws that criminalize consensual sex between adults.

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