we might be seeing the same or almost identical type of presentation from the Kazan opening
As for this issue -for me it's just sad all around. I wish countries would threaten Olympic boycotts over this very real human rights issue, but there's too much money at stake (and homophobia in society) for such action. I don't blame any athlete for choosing to participate despite qualms -it is the Olympics, after all. I hope everyone stays safe whether they're being open about their sexuality or not, I hope Russia trashes this stupid law sooner rather than later, and I hope an out athlete wins a medal and wears a pride flag on the podium.
When some of them act like their world will come crashing down if they are outed(even though they are out to their families) it put things into perspective. In Russia, just to name one example, people are literally spilling blood just to be able to say they are [openly] gay. Some of these skaters should appreciate the liberties they currently have. That poor Russian kid with the peace sing should be so lucky.
When you're closeted to the public it's because you're ashamed of who you are. Period.
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29 States Can Fire You For Being Gay. Is Your State One Of Them?
And in 34 states it is legal to fire someone solely for being transgender.
I could very well be having my "Morry Stillwell" moment.
Like I said it puts things into perspective. When you see people losing their human rights for being gay, and then you have to hear a pampered skater whine because someone thought he was gay(which he indeed is) it tells you much about that person. We are not talking about a teenage boy finding himself. We are talking about grown-ass men that already have a career made. It goes without saying that it's their life. They don't owe public anything.
I also have the right to have an opinion about it. If you're afraid to be out in public, it's because some part of you feels ashamed of who you are.
If I go into the public and deny my Mexican heritage because it would make me more marketable then what does that tell you about me? It doesn't make me a bad person, but it surely tells you something about me...
"When I was poor and I complained about inequality people said I was bitter, now I'm rich and I complain about inequality they say I'm a hypocrite. I'm beginning to think they just don't want inequality on the agenda because it is a real problem that needs to be addressed." - Russell Brand
That said, I agree with alilou's original point; there can be many reasons for someone not to come out publicly, and so long as that someone is not, say, a lawmaker voting for anti-gay legislation, I feel this decision should be respected.
We should stop caring about those pesky "gays" right now!
I mean whatever man, I have problems of my own.
Ughh! I just heard the news Russia is going to start arresting Gay tourists. Ugh! We can start boycotting now.
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Well there goes the neighborhood
This is quite scary tbh.
Russia's Anti-Gay Law Will Impact Foreign Tourists, Possible Olympic Athletes: Report
Doesn't Russia have bigger problems to tackle? Isn't child trafficking a huge problem over there? I remember reading a report from the UN that stated that 75% of child pornography was coming out of Russia.
So...Johnny Weir can't go to Russia anymore?
But he's openly gay and married to a man. Would the Russians be ok with it if he left Viktor at home?
Last edited by dardar1126; 07-12-2013 at 06:45 PM.