Patrick Burke, founder of You Can Play, the anti-homophobia in sports campaign, has said that he's opposed to a boycott of next year's Winter Olympics in Sochi over a recently approved Russian law that prohibits “gay propaganda.”

The law bans the positive portrayal of gay men and lesbians in a venue where minors might be present, effectively outlawing everything from Gay Pride marches to the simple act of wearing a rainbow pride pin in public.

Passage of the law has sparked worldwide condemnation, including calls to boycott the Sochi Games.

“A boycott won't change anything. It's not like the Russians are going to say, 'You are right – these laws are terrible,'” Burke told USA TODAY Sports. “It's going to be a two-day story, maybe a week, if there is a boycott. But if we go, and then we have athletes and people talking about this on a daily basis for three straight weeks, it's way more valuable to the LGBT community.”

Burke called the laws “draconian.”

“The laws are absurd, insulting and shameful. You are talking about laws that are in a culture in Russia right now where gay people are being beaten in the street. They are being arrested. Gay parents can lose their children. You are talking about draconian laws,” he said, referring to a proposed law that aims to outlaw gay parents in Russia.

Burke, a scout for the Philadelphia Flyers, is the brother of Brendan Burke, who came out gay while manager of the Miami University ice hockey team. In 2010, he was killed in a car accident. Patrick Burke and his father Brian Burke, the former general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs and current part-time pro scout for the Anaheim Ducks, founded You Can Play in memory of Brendan.

(Related: Russian sports minister Vitaly Mutko likens being gay to drug abuse.)