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Every four years, the world comes together for the Olympics. We set aside our differences of race, religion, and nationality and are, for a brief moment, just citizens of the world. The event itself says it promotes "peace, friendship and understanding in the world." Now, top Muslim group, Emgage, is saying the location of the 2022 Winter Olympics, Beijing, China, violates the ideals of the Olympics.

Emgage works to increase Muslim American involvement in politics. They held the first Muslim-American presidential forum, and released a report showing a 25% increase in Muslim voters in swing states from 2014 to 2015. Now, they want the U.S. Olympic National Committee to boycott the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, saying that the Chinese government has been persecuting Uighur Muslims (ethnically Turkic Muslims).

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Jessica Lutz is a 24-year-old barista from the DC area, with plans to become a nurse. She’s also an Olympic athlete.

She’s what you call a Renaissance woman.

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Let the LGBT Community in Russia Know You Have Their Back

The 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi are upon us, and all eyes are on Russia. The anti-gay propaganda laws recently passed there affect us deeply...


The 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi are upon us, and all eyes are on Russia. The anti-gay propaganda laws recently passed there affect us deeply because they prevent youth from seeing positive examples of happy, healthy LGBT people—people who have lived through hard times and now live wonderful, fulfilling lives with loving families and friends. These examples are essential because they allow young people who are struggling with their identity or orientation to realize that the happiness they see in those around them can be their happiness as well.

At the It Gets Better Project, we work to show lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth that their lives have the potential to be full of happiness, love, and safety. We work to inspire hope and encourage others to make changes that will provide a brighter future for LGBT youth. When we expanded our program internationally, we made a commitment to take these messages of support worldwide.

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