Come out as a gay man, apparently!
South Park anyone?
Well, today, Brian Boitano came out as a gay man. *side eye* ummm was that news? Did no one NOT know that he was gay? Hellooooo Anderson Cooper anyone? BUT there’s such an amazing reason for this coming out party.
Here’s an excerpt from ESPN.com
“…being gay is just one part of who I am.” “First and foremost I am an American athlete and I am proud to live in a country that encourages diversity, openness and tolerance,” Boitano said in his statement. “As an athlete, I hope we can remain focused on the Olympic spirit which celebrates achievement in sport by peoples of all nations.”
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, Russia is being frowned upon due to them passing national laws banning “gay propaganda”. Brian Boitano was named one of the official U.S. delegates to the 2014 Sochi winter Olympics…him coming out before heading to Russia is brilliant!
About the Russia anti-gay law:
Propaganda is the act of distributing information among minors that 1) is aimed at the creating nontraditional sexual attitudes, 2) makes nontraditional sexual relations attractive, 3) equates the social value of traditional and nontraditional sexual relations, or 4) creates an interest in nontraditional sexual relations.
If you’re Russian. Individuals engaging in such propaganda can be fined 4,000 to 5,000 rubles (120-150 USD), public officials are subject to fines of 40,000 to 50,000 rubles (1,200-1,500 USD), and registered organizations can be either fined (800,000-1,000,000 rubles or 24,000-30,000 USD) or sanctioned to stop operations for 90 days. If you engage in the said propaganda in the media or on the internet, the sliding scale of fines shifts: for individuals, 50,000 to 100,000 rubles; for public officials, 100,000 to 200,000 rubles, and for organizations, from one million rubles or a 90-day suspension.
If you’re an alien. Foreign citizens or stateless persons engaging in propaganda are subject to a fine of 4,000 to 5,000 rubles, or they can be deported from the Russian Federation and/or serve 15 days in jail. If a foreigner uses the media or the internet to engage in propaganda, the fines increase to 50,000-100,000 rubles or a 15-day detention with subsequent deportation from Russia.
A few days ago President Obama dropped the “your move, bitch” announcement. President Obama isn’t attending the Sochi winter Olympics…BUT…he’s instead sending Billie Jean King, who came out as a lesbian in 1981, also in addition to sending Billie Jean King, there just so happens to be another delegate representing the United States who is a lesbian, hockey player, Caitlin Cahow. IN YOUR FACE!!!! NOW Brian Boitano? Go USA!! GO USA!!!!
This winter Olympics will be VERY interesting!