Tuesday, January 28, 2014

But the Olympic Rings are RAINBOW colored!

First, an explanation. I haven't done a whole lot of new creative things for my blog lately for several reasons- the holidays, followed by studying. As you might know, by day I live the life of a mild-mannered architect, drawing buildings and reading through code books (and not the fun up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, B A start kind of codes). 

I'm not a licensed architect, however. In America, to become a licensed architect, you have to have an accredited degree, complete a several year long internship, and then pass seven (!!!) exams. I'm attempting to prepare for my first exam without getting so intimidated by the whole process that I have to design a tall building to throw myself off of. 

That said, there's always time to speak truth to power, especially when the power in question in horribly bigoted. 

The 2014 Winter Olympics Games in Sochi, Russia begin in a few weeks. Ahead of the festivities, Russian president Vladimir Putin has put into place harsh anti-gay laws that make punishable by imprisonment crimes such as "spreading gay propaganda". 

This puts countries like America in a difficult place- do we boycott the games and deny the talented athletes from our country a chance to compete? Do we participate in the games, knowing that our presence equates compliance with the harsh laws in the eyes of many?

America has decided, for one, to attend the games. However, among the delegates from the USA will be three openly gay American Olympians of years past. 

One can only imagine, however, what the games are going to be like once the athletes start arriving. 

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