Eric Radford becomes first out athlete to win gold at Winter Olympics

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Canadian Eric Radford has made history as the first openly gay athlete to win gold at the Winter Olympics.

Radford, 33, and his partner Meagan Duhamel won the medal for team figure skating for their free skate to “Hometown Glory” by Adele. The first ever openly gay athlete to win gold was Australian diver Matthew Mitcham who received the honor at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.

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Gus Kenworthy smooches Adam Rippon at Winter Olympics opening ceremony

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Gus Kenworthy and Adam Rippon brought the LGBT pride to the opening ceremony at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

Kenworthy, 26, posted a few photos with Rippon from the official kick-off of the 2018 Winter Olympics. In one photo, Kenworthy kisses Rippon on the cheek.

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Openly gay Olympian Adam Rippon has ‘no interest’ in fight with Pence

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Figure skater Adam Rippon insists he has no interest in “picking a fight” with Vice President Mike Pence, who has been chosen by the White House to lead the U.S. delegation at the Winter Olympics.

He’s not backing away from his beliefs, though.

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2.12.15 Editor’s Desk

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SteveBlanchardHeadshot_137x185For the first time in, well, ever, I actually care about Bruce Jenner. Reality shows have never interested me and while I enjoy sports—especially the Olympics—I’m not fanatical about them.

I couldn’t tell you who won what in last year’s Sochi Winter Olympics, much less the Summer Olympics of 2012. And if it wasn’t for Google, I wouldn’t know to write this sentence explaining that Jenner won a 1976 Gold Medal in the decathlon.

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Top 5 Sports stories of 2014

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Michael Sam in, out of NFL
Michael Sam became the first out gay player to be drafted by an NFL team. The former University of Missouri defensive end was picked late in the 2014 draft by the St. Louis Rams, but that team failed to pick up for the roster. He then worked with the Dallas Cowboys practice squad until he got cut in the fall. A documentary on his experience is scheduled to air on OWN Dec. 27.

The anti-gay Winter Olympics
In February, all eyes were on Russia—and it’s anti-LGBT policies. President Vladimir Putin wooed the Olympic Committee with a $51 billion mega-project meant to showcase modern Russia. However, what was showcased was the country’s ongoing intolerance toward its LGBT citizens and protestors showcasing the harsh anti-LGBT laws.

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Russian president claims gay Olympians safe, but links gays to pedophiles

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MOSCOW (AP) – Russian President Vladimir Putin has offered new assurances to gay athletes and fans attending the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics next month. Yet he defended Russia’s anti-gay law by equating gays with pedophiles and said Russia needs to “cleanse” itself of homosexuality if it wants to increase its birth rate.

Putin’s comments in an interview broadcast Jan. 19 with Russian and foreign television stations showed the wide gulf between the perception of homosexuality in Russia versus the West.

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Top 5 Sports stories of 2013

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Sochi Olympics subject to anti-gay law
Throughout 2013, the media talked about the upcoming Winter Olympic games scheduled for Sochi, Russia, in 2014, and how out athletes would handle new legislation making “promoting homosexual propaganda” illegal in that country. No official boycotts of the Olympics have happened yet, but Russian response to concerned athletes have been mixed, to say the least.

Collins, Cruz, Griner and Daley come out
Four well-known athletes shared that they were gay with the world in 2013. Most notably were basketball players Brittney Griner and Jason Collins, who both shared their sexuality in the spring of 2013. Also coming out in 2013 were Puerto Rican boxer Orlando Cruz and British diver Tom Daley.

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Sochi’s gay social scene still thrives, despite Putin’s crackdown

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Sochi, Russia (AP) – A man named Ravil catapults onto the dance floor and starts stomping out the lezginka, the arrogant rooster strut of the Chechen national dance.

Ravil’s spontaneous performance is made even more unusual by the fact he’s in one of the two gay clubs in Sochi, the southern Russian town that will host the Winter Olympics amid Vladimir Putin’s harsh crackdown on gays. The morality campaign – centered on a law banning homosexual “propaganda” – has threatened to overshadow the games as it provokes an international outcry.

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Russian president Putin denies gay discrimination

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Valdia, Russia (AP) – President Vladimir Putin has denied gays face discrimination in Russia, saying that a new law that has drawn protests worldwide does not infringe on their rights.

Putin on Thursday insisted the law bans only “propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations among minors.” He argues that it is “no infringement on the rights of sexual minorities.”

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Putin discusses LGBT rights, says Tchaikovsky was gay

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Novo-Ogaryovo (AP) – President Vladimir Putin sought to ease concerns that Russia’s new anti-gay law would be used to punish athletes who display rainbow flags during the Winter Olympics in Sochi, while insisting that gays are not discriminated against in his country.

“I assure you that I work with these people, I sometimes award them with state prizes or decorations for their achievements in various fields,” Putin said in an interview with The Associated Press and Russia’s state Channel 1 television late Sept. 4. “We have absolutely normal relations, and I don’t see anything out of the ordinary here.”

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