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Brian Boitano Explains How Russia’s Antigay Laws Influenced His Decision To Come Out Publicly

imagesWhen the president named the delegation, and I read in the news what his message was of tolerance and diversity, I thought, I have to take this opportunity. I think the message is so strong. I’ve always wanted to represent my country as best I could, and I knew that I had to go past my comfort zone and reveal a private side of my life that I’ve never done before because I felt that the message is so strong. … I think that we have to be careful once we go over there. I think the statement is already being made by us being on the delegation and Billie Jean [King] and Caitlin [Cahow], and us standing together united as gay people showing that there is freedom of speech, and we are successful human beings and athletes. I think that speaks measures.”

Retired Olympic figure skater Brian Boitano speaking with Today’s Matt Lauer about being named to President Obama’s Olympics delegation

By:           EDITORS
On:           Jan 2, 2014
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  • 9 Comments
    • TVC 15
      TVC 15

      I didn’t remember him being that cute.

      Jan 2, 2014 at 3:29 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • DonW
      DonW

      @TVC 15: Boys who are out and proud are cuter!

      Jan 2, 2014 at 4:27 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Cam
      Cam

      Gee, I guess all the fools who came shrieking on here that Boitano was already out and that we were all assholes for calling him out for never coming out.

      Funny, if he was out, then why is he saying that he just came out. ;)

      Jan 2, 2014 at 4:55 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Scribe38
      Scribe38

      @TVC 15: my first thought was “what a good picture of him”

      Jan 2, 2014 at 5:35 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Caleb in SC
      Caleb in SC

      Meh . . . I love how closeted athletes are coming out because of the anti-gay hate that has taken over Russia; however, where were these same athletes, like Boitano, when scores of LGBT teens in THIS country committed suicide, or states were passing anti-marriage equality laws?

      Jan 2, 2014 at 10:21 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • ray68
      ray68

      I think his coming out a little earlier in his career would have been braver. Now, it just appears like a desperate attempt to stay relevant.

      Jan 2, 2014 at 11:42 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • CCTR
      CCTR

      @ray68:Probably not a desperate attempt to stay relevant. It seems like after being named by the president to the delegation along with other out gay athletes, he then made the decision to come out publicly.

      Jan 3, 2014 at 2:47 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Tackle
      Tackle

      I’m glad he sat the record straight, and proved us to be correct about his coming out.Being part of the Olympic delegation was Brian’ s “public” coming out/ announcement. His personal coming out was done over 20 yrs ago. And no, I don’t want a bone.

      Jan 3, 2014 at 8:13 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Dixie Rect
      Dixie Rect

      Another example of a Z list celebrity coming out to become a D list celebrity.

      Jan 3, 2014 at 3:14 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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