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  • Openly Gay Speed Skater Ireen Wust of the Netherlands Takes Gold

    SOCHI, Russia — Ireen Wust held up three fingers.

    One nail was painted red. The others were white and blue.

  • A Timeline of the Anti-Gay Events Leading up to Sochi

    This week the Winter Olympics in Sochi kicks off. This year’s event has been fraught with controversy surrounding the anti-gay climate in Russia. So much has happened that’s been hard to keep track of so below is a timeline of events that all started with Russia passing an anti-gay propaganda law back in June, which banned, among other activities, public discussion of gay rights.

  • All Things Gay at Olympics Thus Far

    LGBT visibility during the first few days of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, included some high profile political “messages,” two gay inclusive television commercials, and several surprise choices by both Russian games organizers and openly gay athletes.

  • Billie Jean King Pulls Out of Sochi Opening Ceremonies

    New York (AP) –  Billie Jean King will not attend Friday’s opening ceremony of the Sochi Olympics in Russia because her mother is ill.

  • Billie Jean King: On Sochi Olympics, Gay Rights

    NEW YORK (AP) _ Billie Jean King's taxi ride home after the Sochi Olympics included a revelation.

  • Bob Costas Vows to Report on Russia’s Anti-Gay Law

    NBC’s Sochi Olympics primetime anchor, Bob Costas, pledged Tuesday that he will not ignore Russia’s anti-gay laws during his coverage of the Games, HuffPo reports.

  • Brian Boitano Releases Statement On Olympic Delegation

    The following statement by Brian Boitano was released via Keith Sherman & Associates Public Relations:

    I am currently skating in Europe but want to provide a statement regarding my appointment to the Olympic delegation. I have been fortunate to represent the United States of America in three different Olympics, and now I am honored to be part of the presidential delegation to the Olympics in Sochi. It has been my experience from competing around the world and in Russia that Olympic athletes can come together in friendship, peace and mutual respect regardless of their individual country's practices.
     
    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. 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.
  • Chris Pine Criticizes Russia's Anti-Gay Law

    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Chris Pine says the U.S. should have done more in the run-up to the Sochi Olympics to protest Russia's anti-gay legislation, which he calls "clearly awful, archaic, hostile nonsense."

  • Confident Putin Frees Foes Ahead of Sochi Olympics

    (CNN) -- Less than two months before the world focuses on Russia for the Sochi Olympics, President Vladimir Putin is handing out "get out of jail free" cards.

  • Danger in Sochi, and an Olympics on Edge

    The countdown to Sochi was supposed be joyous, a celebration of all things Russian and the Olympics, too.

  • Dutch Brass Band May Play 'YMCA' at Sochi Oval

    THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A Dutch brass band that has for years amused crowds at Olympic speed skating ovals says it may play songs like the Village People's "Y.M.C.A." at the Sochi Winter Olympics as a signal of its support for gay rights.

  • Flame and Shame in Sochi

    The Olympics begin in Russia as the LGBT community is silenced and suppressed in their country.

  • French President Francois Hollande to Skip Sochi Olympics

    (CNN) -- Count one more world leader out of the Winter Olympics, which start February 7 in Sochi, Russia.

  • Gay Olympians: Past & Present

    As the 2014 Sochi Games commence in Russia, there's been much outrage over the recently passed anti-gay laws signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin, who says he's not homophobic. There's also concern for the safety of the six openly gay athletes who will compete in this years games.

  • Gay Rights Group Sends Petition to IOC

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — More than 100,000 members of an international gay rights group have sent messages to the IOC urging changes to ensure that future Olympic host countries do not have discriminatory laws on their books.

  • IOC Member Blasts U.S. Olympic Committee for Including Gays in Delegation

    ROME (AP) — A senior Italian IOC member criticized the United States on Wednesday for including openly gay athletes in its official delegation for next month's Sochi Olympics.

  • IOC president: Heavy Security, Gay Rights Issue Won't Detract from Sochi Olympics

    SOCHI, Russia — IOC President Thomas Bach says heavy security and criticism of Russia's anti-gay law will not detract from the Sochi Olympics.

  • Italian Gay Activist Briefly Detained in Sochi

    SOCHI, Russia (AP) — An Italian gay-rights activist says she was detained by police in the Olympic host city after being stopped while carrying a rainbow flag saying "Gay is OK" in Russian.

  • LGBT Viewers Guide to the Olympics

    Tensions are high as the 2014 Winter Olympics prepares to get underway Thursday with figure skating and skiing events and then with the globally televised opening ceremony Friday. While there is a tremendous amount of anxiety over the possibility of a terrorist attack against the Games in Sochi, Russia, there is also considerable uncertainty around who might protest the country’s new anti-gay laws and how and when they might do so.

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