Belle Brockhoff, Australian snowboarder
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Brockhoff came out in 2013 ahead of Sochi on Australia’s ABC TV, saying: “I want to be proud of who I am and be proud of all the work I’ve done to get into the Olympics.” Before she left for Sochi, Brockhoff told the Sydney Morning Herald that her main focus was going to be to get to the medal podium, after which: “I’ve seen many documentaries about Russian violence towards the GLBT community and it’s sickening and it’s sad. Hopefully, if I get a medal I will be able to use that platform to point these things out and hopefully get a change but you know if I don’t get a medal not many people will want to listen .”
Ireen Wüst, Dutch speed skater
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Wüst came out as bisexual in 2009 when she announced that she was in a relationship with teammate Sanne van Kerkhof (below). The two have apparently broken up, but at least Wüst has a gold medal from the Women’s 1500m in Vancouver to remember their shared Olympics glory together.
Sanne van Kerkhof, Dutch short track speed skater
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The aforementioned ex-girlfriend of Ireen Wüst, van Kerkhof hasn’t medaled in the Olympics yet, but she was a superstar at the European Short Track Championships in 2013, so this could be her year!
And here are a couple more reasons to celebrate:
While other Olympics sponsors have been mum about Russia’s anti-gay laws, AT&T condemned them in clear language earlier this week:
As a Proud Partner of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Team for the past 30 years, we’ve showcased American athletes and celebrated their diversity all around the world. Now, with Russia’s anti-LGBT law and worldwide protests against it, AT&T stands in support of the LGBT community. Discrimination is wrong – plain and simple. We hope that others involved with the Olympic Games will do the same.
UK’s Channel 4 changed their logo to reflect their support of The Gays.
— Clare Balding (@clarebalding) February 6, 2014
Google took similar action:
And Canadians have responded by being the best, as usual.
We’ll keep you posted of any gay happenings in Sochi. Competition kicked off this morning., NBC will begin its primetime coverage tonight. And the Opening Ceremonies start tomorrow. How are you feeling about the Sochi Games?