Brian Boitano coming out as gay wasn't a shocker to a whole lot of people, but it has some wondering what took him so long!
While we agree being out and proud is best, people work at their own pace! As long as they're happy, we're happy, and we want them to be comfortable!
So what made Brian so comfortable now after all these years (Brian is 50 now!)? President Obama's message of tolerance sent to the Russians… when he chose delegates for the Sochi Olympics!
Here's what Brian said about it:
"When the president named the delegation and I read in the news what his message was, of tolerance and diversity, I thought, 'I have to take this opportunity.'
I think the message is so strong. I always wanted to represent my country as best I could. And I knew that I had to go past my comfort zone and reveal a private side of my life that I've never done before because I felt that the message is so strong."
We LOVE the message! We're so glad he decided to step out!
Oh, and if you're wondering about how he feels that people weren't exactly shocked:
"First of all, the reaction has been fantastic and really supportive, but I never really felt that I had to [come out]. I have always been a private person. I've kept my private side of my life special for family and friends who really knew me. I've never been ashamed of who I was, I've always been open with them."
And lastly, here's what he said about being vocal in Russia once he gets there:
"You know, I think we have to be careful once we get over there. I think the statement is already being made by us being on the delegation and [tennis legend] Billie Jean [King] and [hockey medalist] Caitlin [Cahow] and us standing together united as gay people showing that there is freedom of speech and we are successful human beings and athletes – and I think that that speaks measures."
We agree! What a great way to make a statement, too — and we're super happy he and Billie Jean and Caitlin will be representing us as a Nation!
We can't wait to watch!
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