Former Olympic Figure Skater Brian Boitano Comes Out Before Heading to Russia
Figure skating gold medalist Brian Boitano announced that he is gay before his trip with the US delegation to the 2014 Sochi Olympics. The 1998 Olympic competitor said in a statement: “I am many things: a son, a brother, and uncle, a friend, an athlete, a cook, an author, and being gay is just one part of who I am.”
Boitano was announced as an athlete in the US’ delegation two days ago joining out athletes Billie Jean King and Caitlin Cahow. “First and foremost I am an American athlete, and I am proud to live in a country that encourages diversity, openness, and tolerance. As an athlete, I hope we can remain focused on the Olympic spirit which celebrates achievement in sport by peoples of all nations,” he added. According to many, the delegation is a message from Obama showing his disapproval over Russia’s anti-gay propaganda law.