The freestyle skier had his coming-out story planned in his head before the Sochi Winter Olympic Games. He understood the gravity of the situation. Through weeks of soul-searching he had concluded the stage was perfect. Russia was attracting global attention for introducing legislation that purported to criminalize homosexual activity on the spurious grounds that it corrupted the minds of children. What better place to make a stand?
Gay athletes are making history at the 2018 Winter Olympics
Gay athletes use their platform at the Pyeongchang Olympic Games - Los Angeles Times
The first openly gay male athlete at a Winter Olympics was British figure skater John Curry, in He won gold in Innsbruck, Austria, and the following morning, unbeknownst to him, he was outed in a newspaper story from a pre-Games interview in which he privately discussed his sexuality — not for publication, he later insisted. It came at a time when homosexual acts between men were still illegal in some parts of the United Kingdom. She was asked what other events she plans to attend in Pyeongchang.
Thanks to these prominent athletes who are gay, the sports world is becoming more and more accepting of homosexual players. Who is the most famous gay athlete? Football star Michael Sam made headlines in when he became the first openly gay athlete to be drafted into the NFL.