The ‘South Park’ gang once famously wondered ‘What Would Brian Boitano Do?’ — and now we know! The 1988 Olympic figure skating gold medalist proudly revealed his sexuality to the public for the first time on Dec. 19 — good for him!
Just two days after President Obama tapped Brian Boitano to be a part of the official U.S. delegation to the 2014 Sochi Olympics, the figure skater announced that he is gay, saying, “Being gay is just one part of who I am.”
Brian Boitano Is Gay — Olympic Figure Skater Comes Out Before Sochi Olympics
Brian’s revelation is a huge step for him personally — but it is also a part of something much bigger. President Obama has named several openly gay athletes — including Brian, tennis legend Billie Jean King and two-time U.S. ice hockey Olympic medalist Caitlin Cahow — to the opening ceremony delegation, in an effort to protest Russia’s anti-gay propaganda law. Brian, 50, says in a statement:
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.
We’re so proud of Brian for coming out and for standing up for the global gay community!
Brian Boitano Reserves His ‘Private Life’ For Family & Friends
Brian has not always been so open about his sexuality — which he chose not to discuss in an interview for the book Inside Edge in 1995 — and in fact, he still prefers to keep his personal life private.
Boitano says he’s proud to be a part of the American delegation as a former Olympic athlete, but “I have always reserved my private life for my family and friends and will continue to do so.”
What do YOU think, HollywoodLifers? Are you proud of Brian for coming out? Let us know!
— Tierney McAfee