1200x630_185666_georgia-gay-pride-march-ends-in-fisKazakhstan is heading toward passage of an anti-gay law as it competes to host the 2022 Winter Olympic Games, and a group of athletes wants the International Olympic Committee to pressure the country to drop the legislation.

Twenty-seven current and former Olympic, Paralympic and professional athletes have written a letter to IOC President Thomas Bach, asking him to ensure that the games’ principles of nondiscrimination are upheld. The letter was organized by Athlete Ally, a group fighting for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality in sports, and was signed by diver Greg Louganis, tennis player Martina Navratilova, hockey player Sean Avery and soccer players Megan Rapinoe and Robbie Rogers, among others. READ FULL