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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.

Congrats, Ari!


(H/T: The Gaily Grind)


Hey  Ari Pekka-Liukkonen,

Good that you finally came out and its so good to hear your testimony and the best part that your parents have accepted as you wanted to be outta the closet.I wish you get a good partner in life I wish I were lucky enough to date you mate but I come from a country where its taboo to be GAY unless I move out, though we are fighting for it hard,I hope someday we all will shine under the rainbow as gods lil kids dancing and enjoying away to glory.Good Luck for your life and all the very best for winter Olympics at Sochi.I hope to meet you someday.

Congratulations on your coming out! However, I do agree that it should be that coming out is no big deal. As the article said, no different than having brown or blue eyes. Until people start to believe the scientific truth that sexual orientation is innate then we'll have this problem. The religious fanatics that fervently look for a reason to hate will always try to make it a horrific subject to discuss. Soon (like it's starting to happen now) the majority of good people will see that being gay is just a part of the fabric of humanity.

Excellently worded and quite easy on the eyes too!  

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