Finnish Olympic Swimmer Comes Out As Gay In Lead Up To Sochi
Finnish Olympic swimmer Ari Pekka-Liukkonen came out publicly on Sunday in an interview with YLE.
"I wanted to start a broader discussion in connection with Sochi, because it’s sad that the legislation in Russia restricts the human rights of young people and others," Liukkonen told Yle.
Liukkonen added that the Finnish sporting world was also in need of a more open attitude to sexuality.
"In the future I would hope that elite athletes and other people will not find homosexuality to be any kind of news," said Liukkonen.
Liukkonen is the first gay Finnish athlete to come out publicly. He's received acceptance privately from his family.
"I hope that in Finland we can get to the stage where we don’t need to talk about this anymore as soon as possible," said Liukkonen. "Homosexuality is the same kind of characteristic as whether a person has blue or brown eyes, or whether they are left- or right-handed."
"It’s a really great feeling that I can finally be myself," added Liukkonen.
(H/T: The Gaily Grind)