Brian Boitano Comes Out As Gay Ahead Of Sochi Olympics

Thu, December 19, 2013 3:31pm EDT by 15 Comments
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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

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Jannat Sheikh

Posted at 7:16 PM on December 27, 2013  

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Marissa

Posted at 12:45 AM on December 20, 2013  

So when gays come out and say their beliefs and can have all these protests it’s “good for them!” But when so one like Phil (Christian) says their belief they’re such terrible people… How does that make sense?

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Ramzax21 O

Posted at 11:09 PM on December 19, 2013  

Alot of famous people had or has came out to say im gay or lesbian so it nada new to it. Since he that way of being gay then that his business & his choice and some of yall people need to stfu on here go straig to hella

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lu

Posted at 9:03 PM on December 19, 2013  

Is this REALLY a surprise? Come on now.

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PatriciaTGarcia (@PatriciaTGarcia)

Posted at 4:07 PM on December 19, 2013  

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notThatSerious

Posted at 4:02 PM on December 19, 2013  

Obama needs to have respect for other people’s belief and culture. He isn’t God, if Russia are anti gay, they are anti gay. Interfering in people’s business is why other nations hate America. Millions of your own people can’t even afford a tooth brush yet his there busy interring on on other nation’s sexual desires preference.. And anyway, shouldn’t athletes be chosen based on their performances and not their sexuality??? Why are you all praising for doing such a stupid thing? You’re all like puppets.. go ahead and delete my comments i know you won’t like it.

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You Must Be Gullible

Posted at 4:43 PM on December 19, 2013  

At least we’re puppets that can READ!

Boitano isn’t competing in the Olympics you homophobe, he’s part of the delegation being sent in Obama’s place and he was chosen BEFORE he came out today because, unlike you, he is an Olympic winning athlete and multi-world champion in figure skating.

Learn to READ the effing articles at least, before you start running your mouth in the comments section and looking even more ignorant than you already are, ya phobe.

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notThatSerious

Posted at 5:59 PM on December 19, 2013  

Ok, (1) I know he isn’t competing. I was referring to the athletes chosen for being gay. (2) If you think that the Government didn’t know he was gay before choosing to be part of the delegation then i’m afraid you are the gullible one. Finally, Obama’s or should i say the U.S government’s decision to send gay athletes has NOTHING to do with whet they are saying. The real reason is because they want to turn people against Russia because RUSIA WAS READY TO HELP CERIA WHEN OBAMA WAS THREATENING TO ATTACK THEM. I hope hollywoodlife isn’t your only source of information. This man was 2 seconds away from attacking a whole country and now you are all praising him because you think he has your back regarding your sexual desires?? Question: Why do American people only care about sex and praise those who are either gay, oozes sex appeal or are for these things? Your government is really using sex to make you al think the same way.

 
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asfandancer

Posted at 4:00 PM on December 19, 2013  

NotThatSerious, “Let he who is without sin cast the first stone”

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lu

Posted at 9:07 PM on December 19, 2013  

No big deal. His life, his preference. As long as he can live a full life now without hiding. NOT A BIG DEAL!

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asfandancer

Posted at 3:58 PM on December 19, 2013  

Isn’t this something we all knew all along?

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notThatSerious

Posted at 3:52 PM on December 19, 2013  

Yes Hollywoodlife good for him for going against God but hey as long as he’s pleased with himself and society is pleased what else matters?? I mean death is only knocking on all our doors but i guess what happens to us when we’re gone doesn’t matter as long as we’re pleased and people clap their hands of us for being gay. It’s all about sexual lust after all isn’t it?

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You Must Be Gullible

Posted at 4:51 PM on December 19, 2013  

People like you are the reason why your churches are empty shells. I’d rather burn for eternity than spend a second in heaven with the likes of you and your so called “God” who’d rather be toting up how many people we’ve slept with and making sure it was with the opposite sex than, you know, being actual good people. But you go on believing in that crap you picked up from the likes of Pat Robertson ’cause I really don’t want to run into someone like you on the other side.

And by the way, I’ve had a near death experience, tunnel of light and everything, I think you’re going to be sorely disappointed.

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notThatSerious

Posted at 5:39 PM on December 19, 2013  

“Every ear shall hear and on that day, every knee shall bow.” Whether you like it or not, whether it bothers you or not, HE IS GOD above all. Your decision is your decision, the whole point is, you have heard and you have read therefore on that day you cannot say you did not know. We all have a choice, we can to choose HIM or we can choose the world. Remember, on this earth we are only here for a short time. If you choose to live in lust instead of following God, that is your problem. Hate is knowing that someone is going the wrong way but you still comfort them letting them go that way. Love is knowing someone is going the wrong way and warn them that they are going the wrong way. What they do then is their choice. But the point is, every ear will hear.

 
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PatriciaTGarcia (@PatriciaTGarcia)

Posted at 3:34 PM on December 19, 2013  

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