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News: Russia gay laws and the Olympics; from NFL to LGBT advocate

Olympic skier Ted Ligety does not like Russia's gay laws or a boycott
Olympic skier Ted Ligety does not like Russia's gay laws or a boycott
Doug Pensinger

The anti-gay laws in Russia and their relationship to the Olympics continue to be a major story:

Olympics: Boycott won't help gay rights, say ski champs | GlobalPost
Boycotting the Winter Olympics in Sochi would do little to help gay rights in Russia, the world's top skiers said, asking that sports remain free of politics.

Sochi: Shaun White criticizes Russian government’s anti-gay laws Yahoo!7 Sport
Two-time Olympic gold medallist Shaun White has spoken out against controversial legislation passed by the Russian government ahead of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

Coke Execs Weigh Input on Gay Rights at Olympics
Brands continue to come under fire from consumers ahead of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, where seemingly anti-gay laws have been passed creating a hostile environment for the LGBT community. The clash has led to boycotts and outright calls to major brand sponsors like McDonald's and Visa to drop support for the games or affirm their stance in support of the LGBT community.

Meet Brendon Ayanbadejo, former Raven, 'concerned citizen' and LGBT advocate - Baltimore Sun
Growing up as a mixed-race kid in Chicago and in his father's native Nigeria, where he really stood out, Brendon Ayanbadejo became attuned to issues of identity from a very young age.

Is NBA still not ready for gay player? - SFGate
It's looking like January for Jason Collins, if at all, as the NBA's wheels of social progress slow to a crawl.

Panelists explore role of sexual orientation in sports | Daily Trojan
“My experience in the NFL back then was horrible,” former NFL player Esera Tuaolo, one of the older athletes, said. “I would hear homophobic statements from my teammates all the time in the locker room, which just pushed me further and further into the closet. Now, though, we are making progress and there is more support now, at least more than there was back when I was an athlete.”