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Sports stars, at UN, speak out against homophobia

12:55 PM, Dec 10, 2013   |    comments
NBA Player Jason Collins attends 'TrevorLIVE LA' honoring Jane Lynch and Toyota for the Trevor Project at Hollywood Palladium on December 8, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
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UNITED NATIONS (AP) - Ex-NBA player Jason Collins and tennis great Martina Navratilova urged the International Olympic Committee to do more to support gay athletes at a special event for International Human Rights Day.

The two openly gay athletes appeared at the United Nations on Tuesday, along with human rights activists.

This year's events and comments are largely focused on the upcoming Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, where a law passed this summer banning homosexual "propaganda" has drawn international condemnation.

In a related event, U.S. ambassador to the U.N. Samantha Power called the Russian law "as outrageous as it is dangerous."

She was meeting with dozens of LGBT activists from around the world.

Power says 78 countries still have laws that criminalize consensual sex between adults.

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12/10/2013 12:49:27 PM (GMT -5:00)

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