As athletes from around the world gear up for the winter olympics in Russia, one topic of controversy has been the implementation of harsh laws against LGBT people in Russia. As an act of defiance, a swedish athlete decided to paint her nails in rainbow colors to signify her support for LGBT citizens. This action was met with some objections. A russian athlete commented, saying that she believed the act to be disrespectful to the people of her nation. In her opinion, russia cannot maintain its authenticity without denying rights to LGBT citizens.
Contributed by: Matthew Newland