Former Olympic athlete Lauren Meece, who competed in Judo in 2000, is angry about some perceived push by gays to get Olympic athletes to come out, and she wants gays to shut up. She wrote a column for the Express Gay News:
The GLBT community should let gay athletes deal with gay issues off of the podium. In the name of the Olympic spirit and humanity... shut up and let gay athletes focus on the endeavors that they have worked so hard to reach.
I've talked with lots of gay people, read lots of comments about gay Olympians, and I have heard barely a whisper from gay people that gay Olympians "should" come out. I've heard hopes that they might, which is understandable. But I haven't heard anyone demanding they come out or saying that it's their responsibility to do so. Is Meece talking about Outsports and its readers? Should we stop talking about gay Olympians all together?
Maybe Meece is just lashing out about her one-and-done performance in the Olympics. Maybe she has some internal struggle she's still dealing with for not saying more when she competed. I don't know. But for whatever reason, she's mad as hell, and she's going to take it out on gay fans who would love to see more openly gay athletes. How dare they!!
Hat tip to Justin T.