If there’s one online fundraiser you should support (and trust us there’s been one for everything from The Canyons to A Homosexual Sheep Car) it’s Blake Skjellerup’s campaign to get to the Sochi Olympics. The out speed skater has been gaining a lot of attention lately for his sexy photo shoots but, more importantly, speaking out against Russia’s anti-gay laws. The same place he hopes to compete in 2014.
Regardless of what he could potentially encounter in Russia, Skjellerup faces several major hurdles in his journey to get there. The major one being bankruptcy. He made this problem first known in the July issue of Gay Times. The athlete relies “quite heavily on my family to support” his competition and even though he has sought out sponsors he doesn’t have nearly enough “so at times it’s been quite difficult and I have to go without a lot of things.”
Recently, Skjellerup set up an Indiegogo account to raise additional funds in order to reach Sochi. With the help of fans around the world, Blake hopes to be the “first out gay male to ever compete in the Winter Olympics.” For as little as $10, you can be a pivotal part in him reaching his goals.
“Although I am an individual competing in an individual sport, I need a team behind me pushing me all the way, and without the support of these organizations and everyone else in the community, the journey would be a lot harder and a lonely one at that,” he tells Out.
To check out and donate to his online campaign, click here. But do it soon. There are only 60 days left to support his Olympic dreams. Some of the rewards for your contributions include t-shirts and personal photos from Skjellerup. And knowing how hot he looks on film, that’s not a bad reward.