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John Amaechi On Why More Gay Olympians Should Come Out

The lack of ‘out’ athletes at the Olympics is embarrassing. It does matter. People have this misconception that time will automatically bring progress, and that homophobia is on the decline. But in certain parts of America things have gone backward. If you’re associated with a word that has so many pejorative connotations — ‘gay’ is routinely used to mean bad, weak, wrong, sinful — it’s going to affect you.”

— Out former NBA player John Amaechi on why more Olympians should pole-vault out of closet, from Business Insider

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