Olympics

  • Olympics Venue Manager Proposes to Brazilian Rugby Player at Olympics

    She didn't win the tournament, but she may have gotten something much better.

  • 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.

  • 3 Openly Gay Athletes Could Be Headed to the Winter Olympics

    (EDGE) We're not in Russia anymore!

  • 33 LGBT Athletes to Compete in Rio Olympics

    Achieving record-level numbers, The 2016 Summer Olympics will feature the largest number of LGBT athletes, according to OutSports.

  • 350,000 Condoms Being Sent to Rio Olympics to Combat Sexually Transmitted Zika

    (EDGE) New York, NY, August 1, 2016 - With the Olympics in sight, thousands of athletes will be descending into Rio in the next few weeks.

  • 44 Out LGBT Athletes to Compete in Rio Olympics

    Four years ago, 23 out-and-proud athletes competed in the London Olympics. This time around, there are nearly double.

  • 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.

  • Another Olympian Comes Out, Announces Engagement

    WNBA's Most Valuable Player has come out as a lesbian just in time for the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics.

  • 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.
  • Canadian Skater Eric Radford Becomes 1st Out Athlete to Win Gold at Winter Olympics

    (EDGE) Out U.S. athletes Adam Rippon and Gus Kenworthy may be dominating headlines in the states, but Canada's Eric Radford is also earning much-deserved buzz for becoming the first openly gay Olympic champion in the history of the Winter Games, Yahoo News reports.

  • 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."

  • Column: Off the Wall

    During the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympic Games, nine Olympians flew the rainbow flag along with their national colors. This year’s batch of LGBT athletes beat out the total of four that participated in the 2014 Winter Olympics. That total is the most ever for a Winter Olympics, according to the Advocate. In the Rio De Janeiro 2016 Summer Olympics, a record 53 LGBT participants competed in the games, according to Gay Star News. With two-straight Olympics worth of records for the LGBT community here is how they performed and placed.

  • 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.

  • Evangelical Anti-Gay Bishop Elected Mayor of Rio de Janeiro

    Marcelo Crivella

    Marcelo Crivella, bishop of Brazil’s Universal Church of the Kingdom of God, was elected Mayor of Rio de Janeiro this week with nearly 60 percent of the city’s vote. The right-wing politician also has an extensive record of anti-LGBT views, according to PinkNews.