In August , 1, athletes from 12 countries gathered in San Francisco for the first-ever Gay Games. The Stonewall riots were more than a decade in the past; a year earlier, reports had surfaced about rare pneumonia and cancer afflicting homosexuals in New York and California—the first glimmers of what would later be called AIDS. At the time, that gay community found itself in vastly different circumstances around the world. Three decades later, sports are once again stirring us to take stock of gay rights around the world. Controversy over recent restrictions on sexual minorities in Russia—along with threats of terror attacks, concerns about environmental degradation, and protests by the Circassian diaspora—have arguably made the Sochi Winter Olympics the most geopolitically charged Games since the Soviet-boycotted Summer Olympics in Los Angeles.
LGBT rights protests surrounding the 2014 Winter Olympics
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Perhaps one of the more disturbing reports coming out of the Summer Olympic games happening in Rio is the apparent outing of closeted gay athletes. As reported by Gay Star News , Nico Hines used gay dating apps to convince athletes to hit on him in the Olympic village. Athlete profiles on the various apps during my short exploration included a track star, a volleyball player, a record-holder in the pool, a sailor, a diver, and a handball player from a notoriously homophobic country. A friendly gentleman even volunteered the address of his building straightaway. This makes sense when you consider that just recently, a study was published that examined just now NOT private electronic conversations are. One posed in his full team kit.
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When the Olympic Games come around every two years, it always feels a bit bittersweet to us. We love the dazzling performances of extraordinary athletes like Simone Biles and Michael Phelps. However, the Olympics also bring back the sting of the United States Olympic Committee going to court back in to stop Dr. Supreme Court, where it won. And adding salt to the wound, Vaughn Walker, a then closeted gay man, who later became a federal judge and wrote the lower court decision striking down Proposition 8, represented the USOC in the litigation.
His dramatic, sharp movements — and facial expressions to match—emulate those of a professional dancer, at once complementing and contradicting his smooth, unfettered movement along the ice. He hides the technical difficulty of every jump and spin with head-flips and a commanding gaze, a performer as well as an athlete. There are gay role models at every turn — on television, on local sports, and in our communities. Even so, the last time that the United States sent an openly gay man to any Olympic Games was in , when equestrians Guenter Seidel and Robert Dover won bronze in team dressage.