Come on. While it might be true that being out or comfortable with yourself at a younger age is 'easier' than it was 20 years ago, or even 10 years ago, there are plenty of places within the US and the world that want no part in any kid deciding to come out or proclaim that they are different in any way. There are big sections of the US where grown adults still suffer insults and attacks because of being gay.I'm just asking, but to me it seems kids are just more open these days? Would a boy really listen to any homophobic insults? I was the first and only person in my high school to be 'out' over 30 years ago. Of course, I never cared what idiots thought. I'd imagine there would be more 'out there' people like me these days...
I really, really get bothered when posters say 'well I did it this way when I was younger' as if everyone else has the same mental capacity to do the same thing. You were comfortable with yourself and you didn't care? I truly applaud that. But the fact is that most LGBTQ children grow up always having to hide things, always having to be be ultra-aware (you want the word ultra? There you go) of everything they are doing, etc. and some don't have the resources to get out of small town X or wherever they are to attempt to live a more comfortable life, nor can they escape the wrath of parents or other family that don't 'get' it.
Skating isn't going to escape the concept of 'that's a gay sport', much like RPDR isn't suddenly going to have a cast of straight men wanting to be drag queens. But for a long time, the powers that be really didn't do anything to support LGBTQ athletes nor did they want them to come out. Finally, the tides are turning.
ETA- I also find it disturbing how many figure skating Bible-thumpers, whether big fans or just casual fans who follow certain skaters, run to social media to completely trash anything mentioning LGBTQ or human rights in general. Wake up.
ETA2- there was a meme going around the last few days that says "gay culture is: being a teenager in your 30s because your teenage years weren't yours to live". This being afraid of the world around them is something young LGBTQ are still dealing with constantly.