Two female Russian athletes kiss on the podium at the World Athletics Championships in Moscow as a sign of protest against the Russian ‘homosexual propaganda’ law.
Risking arrest, Kseniya Ryzhova and Tatyana Firova of the Russian athletics team stood on the winner’s podium and kissed in front of a huge crowd and an onslaught of international media.
The pair who won gold in the 4×400 metre relay have not released a statement in relation to the embrace and it is unclear yet as to whether they will be persecuted.
The kiss comes only days after Swedish high jumper Emma Green-Tregaro showed her support for the GLBTI community in Russia, painting her fingernails rainbow colours.
US athlete, Nick Symmonds, was the first to make a public stand against the archaic law at the Championships and dedicated his silver medal win to his GLBTI friends back home. During his victory speech the track and field star declared: “As much as I can speak out about it, I believe that all humans deserve equality as however God made them. Whether you’re gay, straight, black, white, we all deserve the same rights. If there’s anything I can do to champion the cause and further it, I will, shy of getting arrested.”
| Sarah Murphy