British actor says he agrees with Stephen Fry’s open letter to David Cameron and the International Olympic CommitteeActor Rupert Everett has joined Stephen Fry in urging Prime Minister David Cameron to orchestrate a boycott of the Sochi Winter Olympics in protest at Russian anti-gay laws banning the “propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations”.Everett said that he agreed “absolutely” with an open letter from the broadcaster and writer urging Britain to boycott the Winter Olympics.”It feels terrible to have to observe all this stuff going on,” said Everett. “If you are gay in Russia you don’t know anything about anything. You have no idea Aids exists because there’s no information. You live very secretly. If anyone finds out you are gay you are liable to be beaten up, or killed, or forced to commit suicide.”Everett was speaking at the Edinburgh international book festival about his memoir, in which he narrates an episode when he was taken, as part of a UN delegation, to a Russian hospital. He recounts being told by activists that gay people seeking treatment for HIV/Aids are obliged, because of homophobia in the healthcare system, to pretend they are drug users in order to secure treatment. “The system there …read more

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