Figure Skating Legend Brian Boitano Comes Out Publicly As Gay
Though out privately amongst friends, family and the community in San Francisco, for the first time, figure skating icon Brian Boitano has come out publicly as a gay man.
He writes in a statement released Thursday morning:
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.
Brian's announcement comes just a few months before he heads to Sochi, Russia for the controversial Winter Olympics. What a sport.