What I’m Doing About Russia, Olympics & the Gay Games #gay #russia #olympics

So, as we know, Russia has become a complete nightmare when it comes to gay rights. We also know that the Olympic Committee has expressed that they are content with the assurances that Russia has given them regarding the safety of athletes.

I’ve been keeping an eye on this horror show while putting the final touches on my book, Training Season, which features an Olympic athlete and many Russian references. As circumstances unfolded, I started to become uncomfortable with releasing the book without at least acknowledging what was happening and doing something in reaction to it.

My initial thought was that I’d like to donate a portion of the profits to an organization that worked directly with LGBT people in Russia. But given the extremity of the new laws, finding such an organization turned out to be rather impossible. After all, such groups would undoubtedly be seen as gay propaganda, and thus are likely keeping a low profile at the moment.

In the end, I started looking for organizations that promote world-wide inclusiveness, athleticism, and stand for everything that is under question with regards to the current Olympic situation and atmosphere. I decided on donating to help with The Gay Games 9.

“The 2014 Gay Games presented by the Cleveland Foundation will host 11,000 participants from all over the world who will compete in 35 sports and culture programs. Presenting a large-scale, week-long event takes an extraordinary amount of time, people, money and other resources. You can be part of 2014 Gay Games in a meaningful way by making a donation to support these efforts. All levels of contribution are welcome.”

So, I will donate 10% of all profits on Training Season earned over the next six months to The Gay Games.

Please help me spread the word!

I’d like to be able to donate a good amount to the games! It would be awesome to be able to contribute to something so open and inspiring! And, please, if it moves you, go ahead and click on the picture above and make a donation straight to the games. Or, if you buy Training Season, I assure you that 10% of all profits for the next six months will go to this fine organization!