German Olympic team to sport rather-gay rainbow uniforms at Russian Olympics in Sochi

In what many are interpreting as a subtle dig at Russia’s draconian anti-gay crackdown, the German Olympic team will be wearing rainbow-colored uniforms to the Sochi Olympics in Russia this coming February.

The rainbow is commonly accepted as the symbol of the gay rights movement.

The Germans are claiming that the use of the rainbow in their uniforms is but a mere coincidence, and that the decision to use the uber-gay symbol was made long before Russia’s anti-gay crackdown, and its impact on the Sochi Olympics, exploded in the media in July.

But still, come on…


“I’m not gay, but my uniform is.”

Yeah, nothing gay about that.

I understand the Germans are also planning on playing “It’s Raining Men!” as their team walks out onto the field.  (Kidding, kinda.)

Of course, Germany would have to deny that the rainbow was an intentional “statement,” because the International Olympic Committee has already threatened to ban — and the Russians to jail — any athlete wearing a rainbow, or any other symbol of being gay.  So what else could the Germans say?

Of course, even funnier, the head of the Sochi Olympics, Russian Dmitry Chernyshenko, was busy fawning over the German’s gay mittens today on Twitter:


Yes, colorful is one way to put it.

It’s rather ironic – beautiful, really – that it’s the Germans making this apparent pro-gay statement at the Russian Olympics, as many human rights advocates have criticized the International Olympic Committee’s penchant for coddling totalitarian governments going all the way back to the 1936 Nazi Games in Berlin.

Wir für Deutschland now too!

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24 Responses to “German Olympic team to sport rather-gay rainbow uniforms at Russian Olympics in Sochi”


    World-wide solidarity for all – thank you, Germany. You are setting a high standard.


    Well said, Tom!


    Nasty reminder. This generation should be free from what their ancestors did.
    Proud of you, Germany!

  4. LanceThruster says:

    Sieg Fabulous!

  5. UncleBucky says:

    Oh noes! The olympic colours are GAYYYYYYY!!!!!

  6. UncleBucky says:

    A suitcase full of ’em and toss them to the crowd. ;o)

  7. BillFromDover says:

    Holy shit!

    Are ya telling me that I could be arrested for getting caught carrying a package of Starbursts?

  8. Scott E. Conlan PhD says:

    Where can I buy a pair of those FAABB glovies?

  9. It’s too bad it’s in the winter, for they could use the German coming-out movie, “Sommersturm”, starring Robert Stadlober. By the way, Romaine Patterson wrote in her book that Matthew Wayne Shepard used to love to dance to “It’s Raining Men”. We are approaching the fifteenth anniversary of the sad event outside Laramie, Wyoming (6-12 October).

  10. The word is “schwul”.

  11. arcadesproject says:

    Oh. Yeah. Sorry. But maybe that’s German for gay?

  12. arcadesproject says:

    Well damn! Good for the Germans. To think their ancestors once murdered people for gay! . They’ve come a long way.

  13. Lthomas320 says:


  14. Strepsi says:

    It’s not a rainbow, not even the right number or right colors. It’s brighter versions the 5 Olympic Rings: red, blue, green, yellow, black.

  15. Anonymous says:

    It’s funny how they’re trying to ban rainbows. Because straight people can’t possibly enjoy colorful items? Really? Just shows how far we’ve fallen as a species. Who’s the “sensitive,” fascist, PC party again? The rainbow a child is wearing has nothing to do with adults’ hate and fear.

  16. Tom in Lazybrook says:

    I’d like to see various National IOC’s issue the following statement:
    We cannot condone the Russian Law banning freedom of speech, petition, protest, association, expression, assembly, or due process to LGBT persons. Regardless of Russian protestations to the contrary, that appears to be the intent of this law. The position of the Olympic Committee of (insert nation name here) is as follows:
    1) Our athletes are not guests of Russia, but rather athletes who have earned the right to compete in the Olympics. They aren’t visiting Russia, but competing in the Olympics
    2) Our athletes do not have to suspend their basic human rights of freedom of speech, petition, protest, assembly, association, religion, expression, or press while competing in the Olympics, travelling to or from the games, or while participating in Olympic activities
    3) We will not demand nor enforce any ban on clothing, speech, fingernail polish, or gestures implying support for the LGBT community or Gay rights.
    4) We will strongly defend any athlete or representative of our nation who exercises her or his basic civil rights while competing in the Sochi Games against any consequences or sanctions by the IOC or the Russian Civil Authorities while travelling to, or participating in the Olympics.
    5) We reject as illegitimate any attempt to marginalize or silence LGBT supportive by our athletes at the Olympics by either the IOC or Russia.
    Wanna see the IOC and Russia freak out? Get an National OC to issue something along the lines of that statement.

  17. Thom Allen says:

    Dmitry, I believe those are called “gloves,” not “mittens.” And I just hope that they don’t cause fans to “unite” publicly in the stands, it might be harmful to the children there wearing these mittens. Has anyone else noticed that, at best, Russian politicians are almost as bright as matryoshka dolls?

  18. Indigo says:

    I like the mittens. The uniforms . . . I can enjoy Abba.

  19. jiff363 says:

    Love it. Go Germany…way to show your support for human rights!!

  20. MyrddinWilt says:

    Very clever move. It means that lots of folk in the audience will be wearing German uniforms and team colours as covert protest….

  21. iamlegion says:

    In what many are interpreting as a subtle dig

    Uh, there’s nothing “subtle” about those outfits… not that there’s anything wrong with that.

  22. cole3244 says:

    hats off to germany, hail you gals & guys.

    i told a co-worker years ago i loved raining men and she told me it was a gay fav, it never dawned on me, i love that song.

  23. Lthomas320 says:

    Whee! More of this, please!

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