WASHINGTON — As a growing number of LGBT advocates have begun to speak out against Russia’s increasingly anti-LGBT environment and laws, a spokesman for the largest LGBT rights group in America talked Monday evening for the first time about the calls for a boycott of the 2014 Olympics in Sochi.

“The events unfolding in Russia should rightly cause concern for all fair minded citizens of the world. They’re a complete travesty meant to divert the attention of the Russian people from President Putin’s failure as their leader,” Human Rights Campaign vice president for communications Fred Sainz told BuzzFeed.