Brian Boitano, U.S. Delegate to Sochi, Comes Out As Gay

  • metta

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    Dec 19, 2013 6:58 PM GMT
    Brian Boitano, U.S. Delegate to Sochi, Comes Out As Gay


    http://www.bilerico.com/2013/12/brian_boitano_us_delegate_to_sochi_comes_out_as_ga.php
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    Dec 19, 2013 7:07 PM GMT
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    Dec 19, 2013 7:35 PM GMT
    Matiz saidPhoebe-Buffet-This-is-Brand-New-Informat


    Best laugh of the day.... icon_smile.gif

    But I am glad that he is now open about it.
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    Dec 19, 2013 8:52 PM GMT
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    Dec 19, 2013 9:01 PM GMT
    in_this_corner said


    Grr i love this clip! Yeah Brian B is like flaming ever since people saw him on the ice, like this is news? Lol He's a figure skater !!! icon_lol.gif

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    Dec 19, 2013 9:26 PM GMT
    maybe his more than just being gay. maybe he is also a brother and a Bonafide Homosexual..icon_razz.gif
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    Dec 19, 2013 9:30 PM GMT
    Didn't he come out years ago?
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    Dec 19, 2013 9:44 PM GMT
    4Will saidDidn't he come out years ago?


    As soon as he landed his first ever triple salchow double toe loop.
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    Dec 19, 2013 9:55 PM GMT
    I thought he came out years ago too. When I read about his trip to Sochi I just assumed he was sent as a gay rep.
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    Dec 19, 2013 10:11 PM GMT
    It's been common knowledge since the 80's here in the Bay Area, where he was born & grew up. He's had a house in Woodside, and now one on Russian Hill since the early 90's. I don't know him personally, but people who do know him say he is a great guy who gives a lot back to the community, and he's been very good to his parents & other relatives / friends.
  • metta

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    Dec 19, 2013 10:51 PM GMT
    From Author John Becker:

    "Friends, help me out here. I genuinely don't understand (and am deeply bothered by) the cynicism, feigned shock, eye-rolling, armchair-quarterbacking, "I-told-you-so"-ing, and/or apathy whenever a celebrity (Brian Boitano, Anderson Cooper, Tom Daley, Maulik Pancholy, etc.) comes out as LGBT. It really saddens me. Why the nasty reactions?

    Nobody comes out "perfectly" -- and more importantly, there is no "perfect" way to come out. Every person's journey is so different, and so excruciatingly, intimately, exquisitely personal! Why the *hell* would we begrudge a person for having a journey that's different from our own, or for coming out at a different time or in a different way than we did?

    I never want to do that. I choose to meet people where they are and bring them forward. In the case of Brian Boitano, I rejoice that he's come to a place in his life where he can openly acknowledge his sexual orientation. Yes, it's 2013, yes, many people have been out and proud for a long time before him, and yes, many have come out at a time when that meant being disowned, fired, discharged, shunned, condemned from the pulpit, harassed, beaten, jailed, or worse.

    And yes, I do believe that we all bear some kind of obligation to come out when it's safe to do so, for the sake of putting our face on our community and making the world a better place for LGBT kids.

    But what matters most is that he did that -- he got here, to this place, right now. And he'll come along even further -- especially once he realizes that the sky isn't going to fall after he's confirmed his membership in the LGBT community.

    So how about we all just be happy for him and welcome him into our community with love and open arms?

    That's what I will always choose to do."
  • OutdoorAdvent...

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    Dec 20, 2013 2:13 AM GMT
    ViciousRumor saidHe was a figure skater.....

    How does this shock anyone?


    A gay sterotyping other gays... icon_sad.gif
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    Dec 20, 2013 2:17 AM GMT
    Aw, c'mon! What a shocker!

    I think we knew this a long time ago. Wonder why he decided to do this now?

    Yeah, Matiz...that is brand new information!
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    Dec 20, 2013 2:19 AM GMT
    Matiz saidPhoebe-Buffet-This-is-Brand-New-Informat


    Phoebe!!!
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    Dec 20, 2013 4:05 AM GMT
    Noooo sh*t...
  • unicoman1

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    Dec 20, 2013 4:25 AM GMT
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  • LJay

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    Dec 20, 2013 5:26 AM GMT
    I don't follow sports and only know the name in passing. This is simply not a big event for me. He's gay. Lots of people are.

    I think that is good.
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    Dec 20, 2013 6:19 AM GMT
    Congratulations to him. Welcome to the fold of out gay men. You helped show that gay men could be extremely fit and deeply skilled athletes. You won with grace and lost with humbleness and honor. We are honored to count you among us.
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    Dec 20, 2013 6:39 AM GMT
    Clearly we need a gif of Surya doing a backflip to commemorate the event.

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    Dec 20, 2013 7:04 AM GMT
    He didn't have to come out of the closet..

    even Stevie Wonder could see he was gay since the 1988 superstars on ice tour..




    I have yet to meet a male wedding planner or figure skater that wasn't gay.. icon_surprised.gif
  • brickboy1966

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    Dec 20, 2013 5:26 PM GMT
    Kudos Brian.
  • JBinSFO

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    Dec 21, 2013 8:17 AM GMT
    II'm not sure that Boitano was out publicly before. However, there were plenty of us in SF who saw hi at the gym, at movie theaters, etc. with - uh hellow - cuter guys than you and i will ever go to the movies with.

    I fault him not at all for not coming out until now. FIrst, his ascendancy as an athlete didn't allow it. Secondly, he never ever, as far as I know, said a bad word about LGBT people or our rights. Thirdly, so long as a person isn't bashing other gays, I really do believe that people are entitled to have a portion of their lives shielded from public scrutiny. Finally, , the timing of this coming out, makes every delay worthwhile. FABULOUS, even!

    So I think we need to honor how hard it has been for prior generations to come out, thank them for standing up when it becomes impactful, and for never ever throwing the rest of us under the bus in the meantime.
  • roadbikeRob

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    Dec 21, 2013 6:40 PM GMT
    I am sure that when Russian President Vladimir Putin finds this out, he will be fuming.
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  • Suetonius

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    Feb 02, 2014 7:05 PM GMT
    I'm shocked, shocked, to find that there are gay figure skaters.