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.

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