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Ari-Pekka Liukkonen is now the first openly gay Finnish athlete to come out during his active career.
The Coalition of Russian LGBT organizations received an official response from the International Olympic Committee to their November request for clarification on the impact the ‘propaganda’ law may have on the Winter Games, particularly – on the work of the media and on behavior and statements of the participants.
Five openly LGBT athletes will represent the LGBT community in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.
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In a recent interview, Finland's Sports Minister Paavo Arhinmaki stated that he will not be attending the Olympics Opening Ceremony in Sochi.
Just weeks before the Opening Ceremonies in Sochi, Russia, Olympic Village "mayors" have spoken in favor of the anti-LGBT "propaganda law."
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Gabriel Landeskog, the captain of Colorado Avalanche hockey team stood up for equality by speaking yesterday on behalf of You Can Play, an organization focusing on eliminating discrimination from sports. Thanks to Landeskog’s involvement, NHL officially became the first sports league in North America to include LGBT allies on every team.
The "Journey of the Gay Athlete" documentary follows 3 professional athletes: Blake Skjellerup, Robbie Rogers and Brittney Griner who discuss the struggles they faced as gay-identified sports figures.
Thomas Hitzlsperger, a German Soccer player has publicly come out as gay. The German National Midfielder who played for world class soccer clubs such as Everton, and West Ham United discusses being gay just a month before the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia.