Perhaps not, but wouldn’t it be amazing if Griffin showed up wearing one of his organizations love conquers hate Tee shirt? And wouldn’t it be amazing if Chad Griffin stood with the worlds LGBT people visibly, risking arrest at the 2014 Russian winter olympics?
Michael Petrelis thought about this first posting on the Petrelis files:
Let’s connect the visible dots. HRC and its funders are staging actions on a monthly basis involving gay Russians and my gut says that in February we will see HRC and friends staging attention-grabbing events in Sochi at the Olympics or at last in Moscow or St. Petersburg.
I wanted to give HRC leaders a chance to address my hunch about where they may be headed next month, or maybe right after Davos, after all Griffin is already so close to Russia, and sent this note twice to them:
I am curious to learn if you have plans to organize any events, such as press conferences or vigils etc, in Russia leading up to or during the Olympic. Will you have any HRC folks from America on the ground at Sochi or in Moscow? Given all the advocacy and money-raising you are doing for gay Russians, including heading to the Davos economic summit to participate in panels, it seems very much within the realm of potential that HRC would have a presence in Russia in February. If you’re inclined to respond, please do so by noon, SF time, on Thursday.
The response from HRC? A big silence. I guess we’ll all just have to wait and see what HRC gets out of Davos, and what PR events they stage as we more closer to the opening of the Olympics. Questions must be raised about HRC getting in bed with Singer and Loeb, attending Davos, the concerns I raised recently regarding their grants to Russians, and what their plans are during the games.