Brian Boitano: “I’m gay”
Since figure skater Brian Boitano was selected this week to be a part of the official presidential delegation at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, he is addressing the elephant in the room.
Yep, he’s gay.
Since Russia is a country with anti-gay laws that have put a cloud over the Olympics, much was made that President Obama was including world famous tennis legend and lesbian Billie Jean King in the delegation – it was seen as a statement.
Boitano’s inclusion brought the vagueness surrounding his sexuality over the years into focus – it’s hard to stay vague when you are famous.
So Brian, currently skating in Europe, released a statement earlier today that talked about how honored he is to be a part of the delegation and reminded us that he has represented the US at three different Olympics as a competitor.
The second paragraph is where he gets to the point: “It is my desire to be defined by my achievements and my contributions. While I am proud to play a public role in representing the American Olympic Delegation as a former Olympic athlete, I have always reserved my private life for my family and friends and will continue to do so. 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.”
Yep, he buried the lede.
He goes on to state: “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.”
Readers, if you have something thoughtful to say in comments, have at it. But I’m going to delete any “I knew it, he’s as gay as Liberace” type remarks. Thanks in advance!