- Boskone — Boston February 17th-19th
- Helsinki Worldcon Agust 9th - 13th
- Bubonicon August 25th-27th, Albuquerque, NM
“An Olympic boycott might not be the best way to go.
Instead, let’s turn the Winter Games into the gayest games in history.
Let the Russian police, if they want, arrest every athlete, every coach from Europe, North American, Australia and other forward-looking countries — that includes you, Uruguay, Brazil, Mexico and South Africa. The teams should march during the opening ceremonies brandishing rainbow flags, holding hands, proclaiming that every one of them supports equal rights for gay and lesbians — in Russia and everywhere else. Make it an “I am Spartacus” moment for the world.
Let Putin arrest them all.”
I think this is the best response that’s been suggested yet to the disgustingly homophobic legislation tumbling out of the Federal Assembly of Russia that I’ve seen yet. A boycott of the games themselves punishes the athletes and will just add to Russia’s sense they are being abused. This is a way to put it front and center. If Russia arrests these people then they have killed their own games. It’s rather ingenious. You can find Ms. Ghitis entire article here.