Obamas not going to the Olympics, sending gay athletes instead

The White House has announced the United States Olympic delegation, and it doesn't include the president or the first lady.

But the delegation does include some openly gay people.

For the Opening Ceremony, openly gay tennis player, Billie Jean King will be attending. She is also a member of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition, Member of the International Tennis Hall of Fame, and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

At the closing ceremony Caitlin Cahow, an Olympic silver and bronze medalist in women’s ice hockey, who came out earlier this year will be attending.

Other delegates at the opening ceremony include Janet A. Napolitano, former Secretary of Homeland Security and President of the University of California; Michael A. McFaul, United States Ambassador to the Russian Federation; Robert L. Nabors, Assistant to the President and Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy; Brian A. Boitano, Olympic gold medalist, figure skating.

Delegates at the Closing Ceremony will include William J. Burns, Deputy Secretary of State; Michael A. McFaul, United States Ambassador to the Russian Federation; Bonnie Blair, five-time Olympic gold medalist and one-time bronze medalist, speed skating; and Eric Heiden, five-time Olympic gold medalist, speed skating.

"What's clear is that the president and the first lady will not support the mistreatment of LGBT people and their families, no matter where they are from," said Omar Sharif Jr., GLAAD's National Spokesperson. "This is an opportunity for the Obama administration, and his delegation, to speak out more directly about the protection of LGBT people in Russia and around the world."

 
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