REAL Women of Canada Media Release

February 5, 2014


It is unacceptable that the Vancouver City Council has forced the taxpayers to fund an expensive ($100,000 plus) junket for veteran gay activist Vancouver city councillor Tim Stevenson to lobby the International Olympic Committee in Russia. His objective is to impose what he calls Canada’s “social revolution” on the rest of the world.

LGBTQ special interest groups want “sexual orientation” explicitly included in the IOC Charter. But the Charter already recognizes that: Every individual must have the possibility of practicing sport, without discrimination of any kind, in the Olympic spirit…. (Fundamental Principles of Olympism, Article 4). This is not inclusive enough for aggressive gay activism, especially if activists can obtain tax dollars to push their interests.


This is just another attention seeking ploy to further a controversial political agenda, an attempt to impose special interest concerns on countries such as Russia whose policy priorities highlight the family. The Russian law protecting minors has the support of its population and over one hundred international human rights groups.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights states: The family is the natural and fundamental group unit of society and is entitled to protection by society and the State. Article 16(3).  The Russian law is in complete conformity with UN policy, contrary to the protestations of some western activists.

The United Nations has consistently rejected the term “sexual orientation” in its documents because it would diminish the universal coverage of human rights by highlighting one specific interest group.

Taxpayers rightly object to their tax dollars funding unnecessary and redundant special interest lobbying for “rights” which these activists already have.

For further information on the foregoing, please contact either:

C. Gwendolyn Landolt                                          Diane Watts

National Vice-President                                         Researcher

REAL Women of Canada                                       REAL Women of Canada

(905) 787-0348                                                 (613) 236-4001

(905) 889-1993                                                 e-mail:



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