As He Retires, Tennis Icon James Blake Speaks Out Against Russia’s Anti-Gay Law


I think everyone at this point, when you look at numbers, someone in your circle, whether it’s a family member or a friend, is gay, transgender, or bisexual. You should appreciate that those people are valued members of society, people that are doing something good in the world. They should feel comfortable to live their lives. I think any sort of policy that discriminates against them, that excludes them, is completely unfair in today’s day and age. That’s why I say we’re 50 years out and there are still things going on that are discriminatory.”

James Blake, 33, condemning Russia’s anti-gay propaganda law after his first round loss at the U.S. Open, which he said would be his final tournament (via The Journal Gazette).