Brian Boitano: “Being Gay Is Just One Part Of Who I Am”By: Ashley Olds - December 20, 2013
After years of singing along to South Park’s “What Would Brian Boitano Do?”, we now have an answer – and it doesn’t include staying trapped in a closet, R. Kelly style.
After Russia’s legalized banning of gay propaganda banning the Sochi Olympics right back seemed like the best move to many Americans. However, Obama eschewed this choice earlier this year in favor of what he felt might be a more resonant message to Russia – potentially having “gay and lesbian athletes bringing home the gold or silver or bronze.”
Thus, in lieu of attending the Sochi Olympics’ opening ceremonies himself this year, the president opted to send a delegation in his stead comprising openly gay and lesbian athletic icons as ambassadors. Before Thursday, among the gay and lesbian representatives listed to be attending included former Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, Billy Jean King, and Caitlin Cahow.
Now, Brian Boitano, who was also recently named to the delegation, came out on Thursday as the third openly gay athlete in the delegation.
The news may not have been terribly surprising for everyone; however, Boitano has heretofore chosen to maintain his privacy and explained in his statement, “Being gay is just one part of who I am.” This much is definitely true. The retired American figure skater (who has earned the titles of 1988 Olympic champion, 1986 and 1988 World Champion, and 1985-1988 U.S. National Champion) has also written books, done a bit of acting, landed his own Food Network show, and serves the community.
“First and foremost I am an American athlete and I am proud to live in a country that encourages diversity, openness and tolerance.” He went on to say, “As an athlete, I hope we can remain focused on the Olympic spirit which celebrates achievement in sport by peoples of all nations.”
This Olympian is a jack of all trades and a master of at least one (obviously). What’s more, having the openness and willingness to publicly share his personal life for the sake of spreading a message of humanity and acceptance is pretty courageous, too.
You go, Boitano!
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