Bruce Bennett

2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia

The Games will start in February 2014 against a backdrop of Russia's new anti-gay laws.

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PR rep claims he was fired for pro-gay tweet

Tweet on Lotus F1's feed showed two men kissing and was later deleted. It was aimed at Russia's anti-gay laws.

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Charline Labonte: Olympic hockey player & gay

Charline Labonte played in her fourth Winter Olympics for Canada in Sochi. Her girlfriend, speed skater Anastasia Buscis, was there with her. Labonte talks here for the first time about being gay.

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Olympic luger John Fennell is gay

John Fennell talks about being gay in Russia for the Olympics and the fear that instilled in him.

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Olympic snowboarder raising money for training

The Australian boardercross racer came out in reaction to Russia's anti-gay laws and was "willing to rip Putin's ass." She needs help in competing in the upcoming season.

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Paralympic dreams

Stephanie Wheeler has competed in two Paralympics, winning gold both times.

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Slovenian Olympic skier has a body for days

The skier competed in four events in the Olympics, then took off her shirt for Outsports.

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We failed in Sochi because we didn't risk a thing

Our LGBT efforts around the Olympics did have some positive developments, but we ultimately failed LGBT Russians because we didn't risk anything the way many of them risk every day.

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Breaking: Moscow venues canceling on Open Games

At least four sports venues have canceled, in addition to the Hilton Hotel, which was set to host a roundtable discussion.

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Gay 2006 U.S. Olympian: Coming out has changed

There are gay Olympians open to those people who matter to them, Brian Olsen says. "Being out to your friends, family, and team will make you a better athlete." But he argues that it's asking a lot for someone to tell the entire world they’re gay.

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Ryan in Russia: A pin for a sausage

Apparently the Wave isn't the only crowd favorite we've exported to the world and here at the Sochi Olympics (we're sorry, you're welcome). Singing along to "Sweet Caroline" is a big hit, especially with the Dutch.

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Out speedskater Ireen Wüst tops in medals

Wüst, the Dutch star speedskater, wins her second gold and the fifth of the Games.

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Olympic speedskater loves his sponsor, a gay bar

The silver and bronze medalist had lost friends by being anti-gay, but he now loves his sponsor, Twisted Element, a gay bar in Calgary.

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Gold medals and Cold War II

First gay rights and now Ukraine. The Sochi Games are looking surreal as they near their closing ceremonies.

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Will the media deal with a gay athlete's tears?

Given the global uproar about Russia and gays, it hasn't surprised me to see NBC making darn sure that they celebrate heterosexuality at Russia's Winter Olympics.

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He's here, he's Weir, and I'm loving it!

Criticism from the LGBT community of openly gay Johnny Weir for his “flamboyant” attire – or for going to Russia at all – couldn’t be more misplaced.

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Olympic hockey players donating for every goal

Four players from the United States and Canada will donate $100 to You Can Play for every goal they score.

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U.S. men's skaters a long shot for medals

This is not a strong American team. Who's hot and not and medal predictions for Sochi.

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Putin hugs gold medal bisexual speedskater

The Russian president backs the country's anti-gay laws, but that didn't stop him from hugging Wüst.

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Ryan in Russia: Rainbows & football in Sochi

There I am standing on the roof of our hotel, watching rainbow light shows all around me, listening to THAT song ... and I'm in Russia?! It was surreal.

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Russia, sport and transgender & intersex issues

Disqualified from Grenoble amid a huge scandal, 20-year-old Erik Schinegger was devastated but undaunted.

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Out speedskater wins Olympic gold medal

Wüst, a Dutch star, wins her third career gold by taking the 3,000 meters.

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Behind the fireworks: Politics of opening ceremony

As Sochi's opening ceremonies filled the night with fireworks and historical pageantry, and Russia was on parade wearing what Vladimir Putin calls its "new face," various human-rights battles were continuing spookily behind the show biz.

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Must-watch video: The life of Olympian Cheryl Maas

Watch the great video about the home and professional life of Winter Olympian Cheryl Maas.

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Greece did not wear rainbow gloves in protest

The gloves were the colors of the Olympic rings, not the gay rainbow flag.

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Ryan in Russia: Fearing kids & a river of poop

Gay Fox Sports crew member Ryan Sifferman will be sharing his thoughts from Sochi as an out gay man throughout the Winter Olympics. For this entry, he talks about fear he felt when he encountered children.

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Putin's Games poorly prepared?

Vladimir Putin wanted to showcase Russia's excellence at these Winter Olympics. So far, he has.

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Ryan In Russia: A gay hook-up app saves the day.

Gay Fox Sports crew member Ryan Sifferman will be sharing his thoughts from Sochi as an out gay man throughout the Winter Olympics. For this entry, he talks about using Scruff to navigate Moscow.

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7 out LGBT Winter Olympians in Sochi

So far we have seven out Winter Olympians, all women. There are no out Americans.

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Watch the Olympics guilt-free

Remote Pride Houses and Uprising Of Love offer the opportunity during the Opening Ceremony to give back to the community -- and donate to LGBT groups in Russia -- while respecting the athletes we want to stand up for us.

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Institutionalized homophobia in figure skating

There's a reason skaters tiptoe around issue of gay rights and their own orientation.

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Charley Cullen Walters: Out & reporting from Sochi

Walters will be reporting from Sochi for Outsports and SB Nation, in addition to Entertainment Tonight and Us Weekly.

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Closeted Olympians on wrong side of history

If the potential for distraction is the reason the vast majority of GLBT Olympians remain closeted, it’s time for the rest of us to realize that elite athletes are terrible role models for the GLBT community.

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SNL: Men's heterosexual figure skating

Saturday Night Live shows the sordid details of Men's Heterosexual Figure Skating

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Watch: Blake Skjellerup addresses Olympic status

Skjellerup posts a YouTube video addressing whether or not he'll be skating in Sochi during the Winter Olympics.

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Putin reiterates: Being gay is not illegal

Gay Olympic attendees may be left alone by the government, but no one is asking Putin about cracking down on the gangs that are attacking gay people with seemingly little consequence.

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Caitlin Cahow & gay rights at the Golden Globes

At NBC's Gold Meets Golden afterparty, Cahow and Jason Collins spread the message of inclusion in sports.

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Boycotters wanted this performance out of Olympics

Everyone seems to be talking about the US Figure Skating Championships performance of 19-year-old Jason Brown

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Nick Symmonds talks support for gay rights, Sochi

"If 5,000 athletes wave a rainbow flag, I'd like to see the Russian government do anything about it," Symmonds says. He discusses speaking out in Moscow last year, and why it's important to have out gay role models in sports.

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Brian Boitano confirms he's gay

We will in fact have at least three out LGBT athletes as part of the White House delegation in Sochi

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Obama names Billie Jean King to Sochi delegation

The openly gay tennis legend is sent against backdrop of anti-gay Russian laws. Neither the president, first lady, nor vice president will attend.

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LGBTs to IOC: 'Enforce Olympic Charter'

The principles laid out in the Olympic Charter should allow for some commentary by athletes on Russian anti-gay laws

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UN hosts discussion on anti-LGBTI bias in sport

Jason Collins and Martina Navratilova join a panel of to discuss LGBT discrimination in international sports

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LGBT rights won't get special treatment from IOC

Athletes won't be allowed to make political demonstrations. Some will be allowed to protest in particular areas. 2014 will be no different from 2008 and every other Olympic Games.

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Vancouver sending gay rep to Sochi

Councillor Tim Stevenson will be the city's official representative at the Winter Olympics

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Uprising of Love to fight for LGBT Russians

Outsports joins group of celebrities and activists aiming to support and raise money for LGBT Russians

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Skjellerup misses qualifying for Winter Olympics

Openly gay speed skater Skjellerup missed out on an automatic bid to the Sochi Olympics by one position.

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You can host an Olympic Pride House in your city

Pride House International was rejected by the Russians, now they want to take their LGBT-inclusive message to cities around the world this February

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IOC meets with Russian LGBT athletes & Gay Games

The meeting opens dialogue between LGBT-sports groups and the International Olympic Committe

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Putin: Gays welcome in Sochi

Putin specifically welcomes people of any 'sexual orientation' to visit Sochi for the Winter Olympics

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1 skater takes stand on anti-gay law; 1 wimps out

Wagner speaks out at U.S. Olympic gathering, while Lysacek is in the majority who refuse to take a stand.

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Blake Skjellerup on track at skating World Cup

The openly gay speed skater from New Zealand is taking the first of four concrete steps toward Olympic qualification

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LGBT Open Games in Moscow after the Olympics

With Sochi closed to them, the Russian LGBT Sport Federation will hold Open Games event in Moscow. Co-chair Konstantin Yablotskiy criticizes the IOC for silencing LGBT supporters. "Human rights are not politics."

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UN's Olympic Truce is 2 steps back for LGBT people

By creating generic 'anti-discrimination' language, the United Nations masks over the discrimination of LGBT people and gives cover to problematic nations like Russia

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Podcast: Supporting Blake Skjellerup

After just one week, the fundraising campaign for gay Olympic hopeful Blake Skjellerup has brought in over $23k. Can Kevin Hogan and Stanford win the national title?

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GO! Athletes creates #Out4Olympics campaign

Take a personal stance in support of LGBT participation in the Olympics

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Sidney Crosby, Zach Parise support gay NHL players

The Penguins star joins Zach Parise, Henrik Zetterberg and others in support of gay players.

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Last day to help send Skjellerup to the Olympics

Blake needs the community's help to get key funding for resources as he aims for the Olympic qualifiers this autumn

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The Seven Deadly Sins of Sportsmanship in Sochi

The seven deadly sins: wrath, pride, avarice, sloth, lust, envy, gluttony.

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IOC claims it has more assurances from Russia

Letter from deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak says Russia is committed to complying with the Olympic Charter

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Snowboarder comes out as gay to protest Russia law

She is the first LGBT Winter athlete to come out publicly in the run-up to Sochi.

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Gay runner on coming out, need for pride in Sochi

"It's not a flag we wave; it's the pride in the flag. It's not a word we say; it's the strength exhibited by using that word."

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Video: Skjellerup, Mitcham talk gays in Olympics

The two gay Olympians talk gays and Olympics on The Project Australia

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Olympic roundup: Boycott demands run in circles

While it has gained non traction, the calls for boycott keep coming from a few corners of the LGBT world. And they're not going anywhere.

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Olympic roundup: Athletes, USOC talk about gay law

The USOC says the Russian law isn't consistent with the Olympic Games. Swedish hockey players from the NHL oppose the law. And what will NBC do?

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Russian blames homophobia on her bad English

"I want to underscore that I am against any discrimination of people based on their sexual orientation," Yelena Isinbayeva says a day after saying gays were not normal.

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Russian soccer chief equates naked gays to Nazis

"Would you like a World Cup where naked people are running around displaying their homosexuality?" he asks.

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'Gay' front and center at Moscow Worlds

'Gay' makes its debut on the Russian sports stage after the passing of the country's anti-gay law

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IOC member: 'No problem' with Russian gay law

The IAAF World Track & Field Championships are taking place right now in Moscow. IAAF president Lamine Diack thinks there's no "no problem whatsoever" with Russia's anti-gay laws, and that they must be respected. Diack is also a member of the IOC.

From Pink News:

Mr Diack made the comments to reporters ahead of the World Athletics Championship that begin in Moscow at the weekend. He went onto say that "Russian law has to be respected" and that he felt "we're not going to be disturbed by political problems." He concluded by saying that he was "not worried at all."

It's not surprising that Diack would be just fine with Russia's law. In his home country of Senegal, homosexuality is punishable by a fine and one to five years in prison. While so much attention is being paid to Russia's new law, it's other nations -- many of which are, like Senegal, in Africa -- that have deeply regressive laws that make Russia look like a playground.

Hat tip to Angela.

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Obama discusses gays, Russia and Olympics

"I think they understand that for most of the countries that participate in the Olympics, we wouldn't tolerate gays and lesbians being treated differently."

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Let's take the gay to Sochi for Winter Olympics

A coach says a boycott of the Games because of Russia's anti-gay laws won't work. Instead, all athletes should show the world they stand with their LGBT counterparts.

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Podcast: Skjellerup speaks out against boycott

The speed skater explains why a boycott is a terrible idea and why there is virtually no chance of the Russian government harassing him.

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U.S. should not boycott Olympics over LGBT rights

Telling athletes they cannot live out their dreams because of Russia's LGBT rights issues would be a black eye on any nation

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Gay Olympians Fear Atmosphere at 2014 Games

Atmosphere and laws in Russia represent potential problems for gay athletes

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