Gay-rights Activist Detained at Olympic Park

|
News,World

An Italian activist shouting "It's OK to be gay" and dressed in a rainbow-colored outfit and large headdress was detained Monday as she entered an arena to watch an Olympic hockey game. (Feb. 17)

SHOTLIST:

AP TELEVISION - AP CLIENTS ONLY

Sochi, Russia - 17 February, 2014

1. Mid pan up showing LGBT activist posing in front of the Olympic flame

2. Close up of LGBT activist Vladimir Luxuria making peace sign towards camera

3. Mid of Vladimir Luxuria walking through ticket booth

4. SOUNDBITE (English) Vladimir Luxuria, Italian LGBT-rights activist:(see script)

5. Close-up of T-shirt with slogan, reading (English) "I love transgender"

6. Mid of Luxuria walking in hotel lobby

7. Close of boots

8. Close up of camera taking photo

9. Wide shot of Vladimir Luxuria posing for photo with park visitors

10. Mid of plain clothed policeman watching on

11. SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) Kirill Kerzakov, Olympic Worker: (see script)

AP PHOTOS - AP CLIENTS ONLY

Sochi, Russia - 17 February, 2014

12. Luxuria detained by police

13. Luxuria detained by police

14. Luxuria escorted out of the arena by four police

15. Luxuria escorted out of the arena by four police with Sochi 2014 sign in front of them

AP TELEVISION - AP CLIENTS ONLY

Sochi, Russia - 17 February, 2014

16. SOUNDBITE: (English) Alexandra Kosterina, Sochi 2014 Organising Committee spokeswoman: (see script)

17. Mid of policemen and park security watching on behind ticket barriers

18. Mid of Luxuria kissing goodbye to her associates and walking into Shayba arena

19. SOUNDBITE (English) Vladimir Luxuria, Italian LGBT-rights activist:(see script)\

20. Mid of Luxuria walking to ticket turnstile of Shayba arena

21. Mid low shot of Vladimir Luxuria and associates walking towards the Shayba arena

VOICE-OVER SCRIPT:>

ADORNED WITH COLORS OF THE RAINBOW FROM HEAD TO TOE, AN ITALIAN ACTIVIST SHOUTING IT'S OK TO BE GAY WAS DETAINED MONDAY AS SHE ENTERED AN ARENA TO WATCH AN OLYMPIC HOCKEY GAME.

SOUNDBITE (English) Vladimir Luxuria, Italian LGBT-rights activist:

"And I've been stopped by two people, and they asked me to give them the rainbow that I was wearing on my shoulder with a big writing on it saying "It is OK to be gay".

VLADIMIR LUXURIA IS A FORMER COMMUNIST LAWMAKER IN THE ITALIAN PARLIAMENT WHO BECAME WELL KNOWN AS A TRANSGENDER RIGHTS CRUSADER AND TV PERSONALITY IN ITALY.

HER OUTFIT ATTRACTED A LOT OF REACTION FROM ONLOOKERS...MUCH OF IT POSITIVE SHE SAID... EXCEPT FROM A GROUP OF YOUNG RUSSIAN MEN WHO SHOUTED IN BROKEN ENGLISH 'TRANS NOT GOOD'.

SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) Kirill Kerzakov, Olympic Worker:

"I don't like trans (transexuals)"

Q - "Why Not?"

"I am man, big power, Russian."

LUXURIA SAYS AS SHE TRIED TO USE HER TICKET TO WATCH A HOCKEY GAME PLAIN CLOTHED POLICEMEN ESCORTED HER OUT OF THE ARENA. POLICE DENY DETAINING HER

SOUNDBITE: (English) Alexandra Kosterina, Sochi 2014 Organising Committee spokeswoman :

"We have talked to police and according to police there is no record whatsoever to any detention or arrest so if we get another update I will certainly tell you but so far police has no info on it at all."

LAST YEAR THE RUSSIAN PARLIAMENT PASSED A LAW BANNING "PROPOGANDA" OF NON-TRADITIONAL SEXUAL RELATIONS AMONG MINORS.

LUXURIA SAYS THIS INCIDENT MADE HER HAVE SECOND THOUGHTS.

SOUNDBITE: (English) Vladimir Luxuria, Italian LGBT-rights activist:

"There's a part of me saying "Yes, keep on". And there's another part of me who is a little bit afraid now."

SHE SAID POLICE TOLD HER THEY HAVE NO PROBLEM WITH RAINBOW COLORS, JUST WITH HER MESSAGE THAT GAY IS OK.

SALIM ESSAID, ASSOCIATED PRESS.

View article comments Leave a comment