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VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS: ABA examines Russia’s anti-gay laws as Sochi Olympics begins

VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS: ABA examines Russia’s anti-gay laws as Sochi Olympics begins

By John Glynn

A panel of experts -- including Nancy Hogshead-Makar, who won three gold medals and a silver medal in the 1984 Olympics -- discuss the free speech rights of athletes and spectators at international sporting events, the treatment of LGBT persons in other countries and how the international community can minimize violence against LGBT persons in Russia and around the world.

The Feb. 7 panel, “Olympian Troubles: Responses to Russia’s Anti-Gay Legislation During the Sochi Winter Olympics,” during the 2014 Midyear Meeting in Chicago was sponsored by the ABA Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity, known as SOGI.  Panelist Mark E. Wojcik, a law professor at The John Marshall Law School in Chicago, described the program: “Today it is SOGI against Sochi.”

The ABA Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity leads the ABA’s commitment to diversity, inclusion and full and equal participation by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the ABA, the legal profession and society. Created in 2007, the commission seeks to secure equal treatment in the ABA, the legal profession and the justice system without regard to sexual orientation or gender identity.

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