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Canadian Olympic Committee to unveil LGBT initiatives

Canadian Olympic Committee set to reveal key LGBT initiatives and new partnership.

Anastasia Bucsis (center) and Mark Tewksbury (right) with Johnny Weir at premier of 'To Russia With Love'
Anastasia Bucsis (center) and Mark Tewksbury (right) with Johnny Weir at premier of 'To Russia With Love'
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The Canadian Olympic Committee on Tuesday will announce new initiatives to combat anti-LGBT bias across the Canadian sports landscape and open sports more fully to LGBT people. From the release:

On Tuesday December 2nd, 2014, the Canadian Olympic Team will be announcing several key LGBTQ-related initiatives, including a major partnership. Members of North America's sport and LGBTQ communities will be present.

Several LGBT Olympians are putting their name behind the efforts, including:

  • Mark Tewksbury, the ground-breaking Olympic gold-medal-winning swimmer who came out over a decade ago. Tewksbury has been an inspiration for many LGBT Olympians.
  • Anastasia Bucsis, the Olympic speedskater who came out last year in response to anti-LGBT laws in Russia.
  • Connor Taras, an Olympic hopeful in kayak.

We will have more on the announcement Tuesday morning.

This week Outsports will be running a series of articles about LGBT Canadian Olympians and Olympic hopefuls in conjunction with the Canadian Olympic Committee. Stay tuned.