The U.S., France and Brazil have blocked efforts to remove a reference to discrimination that includes sexual orientation from an Olympics resolution at the U.N. The U.N. General Assembly on Nov. 13 is expected to adopt an “Olympic Truce Resolution” that calls for peace around the world during the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. The resolution also calls for global peace during the week before and after the Olympics, which will take place from Feb. 9-25. Egypt and Russia sought to remove a reference to Principle 6 — the Olympic Charter’s nondiscrimination clause — from the resolution because it specifically includes sexual orientation along with religion, gender and other factors.
November 1 / Washington Blade