So personally I believe a country's human rights record should be considered before awarding it an Olympic Games. Last week, while competing in Kolomna in Russia, Skjellerup arranged a secret meeting with gay activists to find out how bad things are in the country. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This page was last edited on 28 Januaryat Don't underestimate how powerful that could be.
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Eric Radford: Skater is first openly gay man to win Winter Olympics gold
This New Zealand biographical article relating to sports is a stub. His brother introduced him to speed skating to keep him active. And he hopes the image of him competing in Sochi will inspire future generations the way Jessie Owens inspired black Americans by winning the m to the displeasure of Nazi Germany in This page was last edited on 28 Januaryat I want to change that. Topics Winter Olympics He posed afterwards for a photo with another out medalist from the event - Adam Rippon of the USA who took bronze.
In short track Blake had found not only has passion but something that he was good at. But Skjellerup, who was bullied in high school because he was different, says that if young gay people have no one to turn to, their feelings of isolation are likely to be exacerbated. There is a lot of hate. But in the unlikely event of making the podium on Sochi, he says he would not consider the equivalent of a black power salute. The law is very discriminative and oppressive and it's leading to greater violence against LGBT people. While reluctant to give too much information in case it identifies those people he spoke to, he admits the stories he heard "chilled him". But it wasn't going anywhere and it was never going anywhere.