Boitano: Olympic Message Of Tolerance, Diversity Is "So Strong"
Published January 2, 2014
Former U.S. figure skater Brian Boitano appeared on NBC's "Today" show this morning and discussed his decision to come out as gay after being named to the U.S. Olympic delegation. Boitano: “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’ve 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 have never done before.”
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Boitano said of the possibility that Olympic athletes will speak out on gay rights: “I encourage everybody to do what they feel is best for themselves. I never thought that I would be coming out in this way and in a matter of 10 hours, I decided to do it. That was what was right for me at this time and so I tell everybody that I think that they should do what’s right for them at their correct time” (“Today,” NBC, 1/2).