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Olympic figure skating champ Brian Boitano says he’s gay

Thursday, December 19, 2013
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Brian Boitano

Olympic figure skating champion Brian Boitano came out on Thursday, two days after he was named to the U.S. delegation for Sochi along with openly gay athletes Billie Jean King and Caitlin Cahow.

The 1988 gold medalist had always kept his personal life private, saying in a statement that “being gay is just one part of who I am.” But President Barack Obama’s decision to include openly gay athletes in the delegation for the opening and closing ceremonies – and not send high-ranking officials – was widely seen as a message to Russia about its treatment of gays and lesbians.

“First and foremost I am an American athlete and I am proud to live in a country that encourages diversity, openness and tolerance,” Boitano said in his statement. “As an athlete, I hope we can remain focused on the Olympic spirit which celebrates achievement in sport by peoples of all nations.”

Jack Smith, AP (File)In this Feb. 20, 1988 photo, figure skater Brian Boitano shows off his Olympic gold medal, in Calgary, Alberta.

Jack Smith, AP (File)
In this Feb. 20, 1988 photo, figure skater Brian Boitano shows off his Olympic gold medal, in Calgary, Alberta.

Russia has come under fierce criticism for passing national laws banning “gay propaganda,” and some suggested the United States should boycott the Sochi Olympics in protest.

Obama rejected that idea earlier this year, saying a stronger statement could be made by “gay and lesbian athletes bringing home the gold or silver or bronze.”

But his choices for the U.S. delegation left little doubt about Obama’s disapproval of the new Russian law.

For the first time since 2000, the U.S. will not send a president, former president, first lady or vice president to the Olympics. This year’s group is led by former Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, and others in the delegation include U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul, deputy Secretary of State William Burns and presidential adviser Rob Nabors.

Of the five athletes in the delegation, three – Boitano, King and Cahow – are openly gay.

Boitano and King will attend the opening ceremony. Cahow, a two-time medalist in women’s hockey, will attend the closing ceremony with Olympic speed sk ating champions Bonnie Blair and Eric Heiden.

“I have been fortunate to represent the United States of America in three different Olympics, and now I am honored to be part of the presidential delegation to the Olympics in Sochi,” Boitano, who is in Europe, said in his statement. “It has been my experience from competing around the world and in Russia that Olympic athletes can come together in friendship, peace and mutual respect regardless of their individual country’s practices.”

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Earlier this month, IOC President Thomas Bach said Russia would set up public protest zones in Sochi for “people who want to express their opinion or want to demonstrate for or against something.”

Meanwhile, the IOC approved a letter going out to athletes reminding them to refrain from protests or political gestures during the Sochi Games – reiterating Rule 50 of the Olympic charter, which forbids demonstrations on Olympic grounds.

Bach previously said he’d received assurances from Russian President Vladimir Putin that gays will not be discriminated against in Sochi. But the Russian law has raised questions about what could happen to athletes who wear pins or badges or carry flags supporting gay rights.

Associated Press contributed to this report.
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389 more reader comments:

  1. Is anyone straight any more?

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:22pm
  2. about 90% of the population, actually

    Replied on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:23pm
  3. :-)

    Replied on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:23pm
  4. I would like to point out that a) he's a figure skater and b) the amount of people that come out don't even make up 20% of the country so don't generalize everything.

    Replied on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:24pm
  5. Stop the presses!!!

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:23pm
  6. lmfao

    Replied on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 7:58pm
  7. Everybody knew already. This is not news worthy.

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:23pm
  8. I knew from that cooking show. lol

    Replied on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 7:50pm
  9. But it´s nice he´s come out officially !

    Replied on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 9:04pm
  10. WHAT A SHOCKER.

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:23pm
  11. Noooo. You don’t say. Lol. Hahahaa.

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:23pm
  12. There certainly is a lot of gay oriented news today.

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:23pm
  13. No. Really.

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:23pm
  14. Well No shit sherlock

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:23pm
  15. Omg Noone knew that ever

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:23pm
  16. Gee what a shock

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:23pm
  17. Not surprised. I don’t know why everyone has to announce if they are straight or gay. Can’t we just accept people as people?

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:23pm
  18. Because of what's going on in Russia with its anti-gay legislation and the Olympics, American athletes realize there's a power in publicly confirming their orientation.

    Replied on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:32pm
  19. And, not only because of what is going on in Russia, but in approximately 75 other countries where homosexuality is a criminal offense (India recently joined the list); in a number of those countries said offense is punishable by death.

    Replied on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 7:36pm
  20. OMG I THOUGHT HE HAD ANNOUNCED THIS YEARS AGO. I FIGURED HE WAS GAY…. AND CUTE

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:23pm
  21. if your happy and you know it

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:23pm
  22. Thats kind of a “duh” move. But its nice that he “officially” did it!

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:23pm
  23. No kidding. Did he just find out?

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:24pm
  24. Um yeah we knew

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:24pm
  25. There’s a shocker.

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:24pm
  26. Who cares as long as he is happy?

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:24pm
  27. So shocked I wet myself

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:24pm
  28. Umm …. isn’t this news from like ten yrs ago??

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:24pm
  29. Come on now! We knew before he did! ;-)

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:24pm
  30. That’s like when Kristi MacNichol & Jodie Foster came out.

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:24pm
  31. Duhhhh

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:24pm
  32. What would Brian Boitano do?

    Guys. He’d do guys.

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:24pm
  33. Beautiful!

    Replied on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 7:20pm
  34. I'm sure he'd fuck an ass or two, cause that's Brian Boitano would do.

    Replied on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 7:51pm
  35. Bless your heart, Brian, we knew already, sugar.

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:24pm
  36. “announced”?

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:24pm
  37. Congrats!….but…no shit Brian. ;)

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:24pm
  38. Well duhhh!

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:24pm
  39. Duh

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:24pm
  40. Duh!

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:24pm
  41. We all’s just comin’ on out of the woodwork somethin’ fierce!!! Adds whole new meaning to “we are everywhere”! Queering the Olympics! Oh, and the Russians have come up with a new sign: “Please do not feed or tease the straight people”! :)

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:24pm
  42. I hate to sound ignorant but I thought this was a pre req to be a figure skater?

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:25pm
  43. Well duhh he IS a figure skater… I can see it being news if he was ya know on duck dynasty or something lol

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:25pm
  44. Duh

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:25pm
  45. Noooooo! lol

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:25pm
  46. Congratulations to Mr Boitano for coming out. We each have our own journey in this regard.

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:25pm
  47. I’m i knew he was a long time ago.

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:25pm
  48. Was this a secret?

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:25pm
  49. Today’s “DUH” moment brought to you by the letters G,A, and Y

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:25pm
  50. Stop the press puhliease! Did he really need to come out? There was no door on that closet!

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:25pm
  51. Shocked and astounded both! None of us had a clue! LMAO

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:25pm
  52. Duh

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:25pm
  53. So what’s the announcement?

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:25pm
  54. Hes a male figure skates who gives a fuck. Everyone knows all male figure skaters are gay

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:25pm
  55. He hasn’t said that before ? I thought he did decades ago…

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:25pm
  56. Nick –more like 20

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:25pm
  57. Duh

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:25pm
  58. Girl boo. You wasn’t fooling anyone. We already knew that.

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:25pm
  59. Durrrrr!

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:25pm
  60. Totally miss his show @FoodNetwork it was so cool!!

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:25pm
  61. So THAT’s what Brian Boitano would do!

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:25pm
  62. “Yeah we knew forever.” -The entire gay community

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:25pm
  63. Is it ten years ago? Well, congrats anyway! <3

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:25pm
  64. i thought he already came out

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:26pm
  65. It takes a lot of courage to come out, even if everyone already “knew” it. Thanks Brian :D

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:26pm
  66. Wow, what a non-surprise!

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:26pm
  67. I am glad he made it official to help those still in the closet but…yeah, we all knew this a looooong time ago! <3

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:26pm
  68. Wow..No kidding??? Thats OLD news!!

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:26pm
  69. who didnt see that one coming a mile away!

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:26pm
  70. Who knew!!! old news

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:26pm
  71. Who didn’t already know this 30 years ago? :p

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:26pm
  72. No! Next thing you know, Kevin Hart is going to say he’s black!

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:26pm
  73. I thought he came out years ago.

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:26pm
  74. ah?

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:26pm
  75. no, really?

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:26pm
  76. Waaaat??

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:26pm
  77. Really….?!?! I’m shocked, shocked I say!

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:26pm
  78. Oh, please… like it was a secret…

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:27pm
  79. well like we didn’t know that

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:27pm
  80. Wow … I thought he had already come out. Sorry Brian. Glad all is well, lol

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:27pm
  81. In other news, water is wet, snow is cold, and the sun is too bright to look at with the naked eye….

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:27pm
  82. lol lol lol lol yes you are! lol lol

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:27pm
  83. Oh….I’m so shocked….lol

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:27pm
  84. Well duh! Like we were holding our breathe in anticipation!

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:27pm
  85. Okay the reason he officially did this was to stand up and be counted, since he’s a delegate to the Sochi Games. So there was a very important reason why he announced it, so please don’t dismiss this as being obsolete or redundant.

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:27pm
  86. Thank you! My thoughts exactly. Good for him.

    Replied on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:42pm
  87. exactly. he's coming out for a reason, people.

    Replied on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 7:41pm
  88. Yeah, he really didnt have to come out. This is a no shit really moment .

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:27pm
  89. Sorry guys, all I can hear right now is that stupid song from that South Park movie! LOL

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:27pm
  90. Aaaaaand now that's all I can hear now. ; _ ;

    Replied on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 8:39pm
  91. WHAT A SURPRISE!!!

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:28pm
  92. …..that was like the guy from will and grace… Or lance bass from nsync. Come on :p you had to be blind to miss that

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:28pm
  93. About time. But thank you for having the strength.

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:28pm
  94. I thought as much, I had always thought as much.

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:28pm
  95. OMG, who would have known?

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:28pm
  96. Why all the stereotypical duh comments? Really people? Not all males figure skaters are gay, just like not all stereotypical straight men are straight… nasty ignorance like this is what breeds hate. Learn to support this cause the appropriate way. Whether we knew he was gay already or not.

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:28pm
  97. but good for him

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:28pm
  98. Shocked, I tell you, shocked! Lol

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:28pm
  99. This was a secret?

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:28pm
  100. Nooooooooooooooooooo….

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:28pm
  101. Duh

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:28pm
  102. Really? Wow who would of known.

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:29pm
  103. What would Brian Boitano do if here were here today?

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:29pm
  104. No kidding! Really!!!

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:29pm
  105. So who didn’t already know this????

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:29pm
  106. WWBBD

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:29pm
  107. As a gay man I admire Brian’s achievements in his figure skating career, but come on now, really? I would’ve never thought you were straight, actually that would have been quite the surprise.

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:29pm
  108. Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:29pm
  109. Horrah!

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:29pm
  110. I knew that a long time ago!!!

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:29pm
  111. What would Brian boitono if he were here right now? I’m sure he’d suck a cock or two that’s what Brian boitono’d do.

    Don’t worry not bashing just a South Park fan with weird humor XD

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:29pm
  112. Sick and vulgar!

    Replied on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 8:24pm
  113. Apparently he is caucasian as well….

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:30pm
  114. Nah shit. Never would have guessed. Not because of his career, just him in general.

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:30pm
  115. No shit Sherlock!

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:30pm
  116. gurl this is not news!

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:30pm
  117. hahaha….like nobody knew already.

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:30pm
  118. I bet he’d kick an ass or two

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:30pm
  119. What would Brian Boitano do, if he were here right now?
    I bet he’d kick an ass or two, that’s what Brian Boitano’d do.

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:30pm
  120. LOL duh

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:30pm
  121. Wow lol

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:30pm
  122. Uh yeah, and? If you ever saw his cooking show, that was on a couple of years ago, he really didn’t hide it.

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:30pm
  123. I’m so glad he came out publicly…I don’t think I would have ever figured that one out.

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:30pm
  124. This isn’t news…. We knew lol

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:30pm
  125. Obama is sending a message to Putin by ensure high profile gay people are in the delegation. I am so happy to see that he will not be going to the Olympics adding his name to the growing list of world leaders boycotting the gays of hate. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Boycott-the-2014-Olympic-2018-world-cup-sponsors/610725992281537

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:31pm
  126. Duhhh

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:31pm
  127. I wish we lived in a world where no one felt the need to”come out”. Where we weren’t labeled by sexuality and preferences. Where we were all just humans who loved each other and were free to love everyone. I’m going to light my lighter and sing “we are the world” now…

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:31pm
  128. Um DUH! Damn

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:31pm
  129. STUPID REMARK, WHO DIDNT KNOW THAT? IS LIKE SAYING LIKE ELTON JHON LIKES BOYS…

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:31pm
  130. REALLY? WOW, who would have EVER guessed? (I mean besides EVERYBODY who ever watched him perform…)

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:31pm
  131. Go for gold:)

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:31pm
  132. And I always ask, what would Brian Boitano do!?

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:31pm
  133. And this is News too?

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:31pm
  134. Is this an old post because the world already knew about this lol

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:31pm
  135. Love so many people putting South Park references XD

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:31pm
  136. Uh, what else is new. But, thanks just the same, Brian!

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:32pm
  137. Oh, I thought we already knew that…

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:32pm
  138. No shit. Lol

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:32pm
  139. Welcome out!

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:32pm
  140. REALLY!!! I KNEW THE FROM THE MOMENT I SAW HIM IN THE OLYMPICS GIVE ME A BREAK

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:33pm
  141. Well no shit

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:33pm
  142. Finally! Lol

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:33pm
  143. I think this was meant as a heads up for Russia rather than a message to “the locals”. I applaud his audacity, as the Russians’ attitude is “kill all the gays”…

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:33pm
  144. Great admiration for him, not only for his talent, but also for his courage. Thst’s not an easy thing to do!

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:33pm
  145. OK time for Janet Napolitano to make it unanimous!

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:33pm
  146. Um it’s not we all didn’t already know this, but way to go!!!!

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:33pm
  147. thats awesome he can now be free and feel how he wants to feel..congrats for coming out of the closet

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:33pm
  148. Well duh!!! Lol

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:34pm
  149. It IS newsworthy, until gay kids stop being harassed, teased, hazed, beaten up, murdered, or committing suicide. The more “famous” people that come out and show them and everyone else that being gay is just like everyone else, the better for everyone.

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:34pm
  150. he is making a stand

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:34pm
  151. This is sarcasm, right?

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:34pm
  152. DUH!!!

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:34pm
  153. oh hun thank goodness we dont have to pretend anymore !!!! lol

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:34pm
  154. I was wondering why his name wasn’t listed in the original story of the “Gay” delegates. The story listed him as being a delegate but not as one of the openly gay. I guess he thought everyone already knew so he never thought of “Announcing”. I didn’t realize that we had to declare, gay or straight. Kind of like politics I guess. :)

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:34pm
  155. is today obvious day?

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:35pm
  156. >__>

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:35pm
  157. He just now figured that out?

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:35pm
  158. I think most people figured, but good for him for officially coming out

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:35pm
  159. Really? You don’t say!

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:35pm
  160. Oh surprize?

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:36pm
  161. I’m amazed at how nasty and sarcastic people are being.

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:37pm
  162. Shocker.

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:37pm
  163. I would say so if he’s a male figure skater lol #gays<3

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:38pm
  164. I shocked, I tell ya, shocked!

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:38pm
  165. …..no way

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:39pm
  166. figured :p

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:39pm
  167. I thought he came out years ago. No?

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:39pm
  168. Duh! Who didnot know that from day one of his career! !

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:40pm
  169. Duh? Of course.

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:40pm
  170. this was a surprise???? lol

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:40pm
  171. like thats news

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:40pm
  172. Duh no brainer

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:40pm
  173. Duh! Why is this news?

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:41pm
  174. I thought he came out years ago good for him

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:42pm
  175. Shocker!

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:42pm
  176. FIGURED as much. :P

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:43pm
  177. Is there anyone in the world who didn’t already know this?

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:43pm
  178. Didn’t he do that awhile back?

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:43pm
  179. We already knew that lol

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:43pm
  180. As long as he is true to himself and a descent human being that is lall that counts

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:44pm
  181. No Shit! Really? who would have guessed?

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:45pm
  182. BJK probably told the selection committee to pick him. LOL ( I think she knows them all, closeted or not)

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:45pm
  183. Duh wow really

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:46pm
  184. Really nothing new! Most of them are gay!

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:46pm
  185. In case Russians didn’t know…

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:47pm
  186. Duh!!! Lol

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:48pm
  187. Whatever it takes to remind us he’s still around…

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:48pm
  188. Naw really

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:49pm
  189. Raise your hands if you’re surprised……somebody….anybody?

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:50pm
  190. I thought Brian Boitano was like the Gay Prototype. Like the Model T gay boy. I mean, I thought he was the first gay man, like the first f-117 stealth nighthawk. Sure, there were rumors and legends about it before, but that was just talk. Until it finally appeared! Well, I guess the secret First ProtoGay has finally ended the game.

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:50pm
  191. And in other news…The sky is blue….

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:50pm
  192. Shocker!!!!

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:50pm
  193. So THAT’S what he’d do

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:51pm
  194. I’m shocked! NOT! :))

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:51pm
  195. #throwbackthursday?

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:51pm
  196. No shit…we been known that

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:51pm
  197. lol duh!

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:51pm
  198. Wow really

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:52pm
  199. I’m sorry, but like he needed to come out. Pulleeeeze!

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:52pm
  200. DAH!!!

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:53pm
  201. I guess LGBTQ Nation was the last to know?
    The blatantly obvious is not news.
    Come on.

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:53pm
  202. He just figured it out?

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:54pm
  203. OH MY GOD NO FUCKING WAY!!!!!!!!

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:54pm
  204. I thought this was a spoof Onion story! Really !

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:55pm
  205. Dugh.

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:55pm
  206. More about letting the Russians know it’s not just Billy Jean King

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:56pm
  207. I guess Brian is the last to know!

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:57pm
  208. Stop it! I don’t believe a word of it.

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:57pm
  209. OMFG!..NOOOOOOOO!..owee..shocker..real shocker…lol oh well,better late than never…lol welcome gf :*

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:57pm
  210. Duh.

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:58pm
  211. No duh?

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:58pm
  212. Go figure..

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:59pm
  213. What a shock!!! Duhhhhh

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 7:00pm
  214. I thought he came out years ago !!!

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 7:01pm
  215. If this surprised you, well it shouldn’t have!

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 7:01pm
  216. Like we didn’t know already lol

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 7:02pm
  217. nice

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 7:03pm
  218. I thought he had already done this . He shops at a store that I work at, he is a nice guy :-)

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 7:04pm
  219. Shocker

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 7:05pm
  220. Nice to finally hear him declare it openly. But that ain’t no secret or even innuendo. lol

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 7:05pm
  221. Duhh!!!!

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 7:05pm
  222. Is this news?

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 7:06pm
  223. I didn’t know. But, I could have guessed.

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 7:06pm
  224. surprise surprise, and who cares?! It’s not an affliction, it’s just a fact!

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 7:07pm
  225. Is this new?

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 7:08pm
  226. Next headline…. Planes fly in the air

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 7:09pm
  227. Duh!!

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 7:10pm
  228. Really.I’m shocked….

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 7:10pm
  229. well, duh !!!

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 7:10pm
  230. Well duh

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 7:11pm
  231. Really

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 7:12pm
  232. And this is new(s) how?? Not like its been a secret!

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 7:14pm
  233. Uugghh duuugggh!

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 7:14pm
  234. Wow. There’s a shocker. Who is next… Richard Simmons!?!?!

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 7:15pm
  235. LOL and this is a surprise to… who?

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 7:16pm
  236. you mean he honestly wasn’t out already? I’m not joking I honestly thought he was

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 7:16pm
  237. Like no one knew!

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 7:16pm
  238. This is news?

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 7:17pm
  239. OMG!! Stop the press.

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 7:17pm
  240. No fucking shit.

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 7:18pm
  241. No way!

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 7:18pm
  242. Have known that for years. Thanks Brian

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 7:18pm
  243. Who cares. The real issue is why in the world would they fire Phil Robertson? He’s awesome!

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 7:20pm
  244. <3 <3

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 7:20pm
  245. What a surprise. next.

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 7:21pm
  246. No really I’m so surprised.

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 7:22pm
  247. Well..DUH!!!

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 7:22pm
  248. This is not a surprise

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 7:23pm
  249. Taken him a long time. Has he only just figured it out?!!

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 7:23pm
  250. We knew this for years lol

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 7:24pm
  251. NO! REALLY? wow..never would have called that.

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 7:25pm
  252. No shit!

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 7:26pm
  253. “this is shocking” said no one ever.

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 7:27pm
  254. OMG!

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 7:28pm
  255. And?

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 7:28pm
  256. “This is not a surprise”
    could not stop laughing

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 7:28pm
  257. Uh. Duh?

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 7:28pm
  258. Always knew it was so

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 7:30pm
  259. Shocker

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 7:31pm
  260. no kidding?

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 7:31pm
  261. Im shocked! lol

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 7:33pm
  262. I guess now we know what Brian Boitano would do. :P

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 7:33pm
  263. South park knew this year’s ago!

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 7:33pm
  264. What? I thought he was out. Plus, I would love a world where no one cares.

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 7:34pm
  265. The “Battle of the Brians” in 1988 was the first drag race. Ice skating drag, that is. I believe Brian Orser came out, too.

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 7:34pm
  266. Figure skating is a sport…wtf?

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 7:34pm
  267. OFC, knew it long time ago. I can tell he’s totally gay!!

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 7:35pm
  268. Figure skating is a beautiful sport!

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 7:36pm
  269. HELLO! Like who in this world didnt know!

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 7:36pm
  270. Clay Aiken....lol

    Replied on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 7:38pm
  271. I had no clue and it matters not to me. Good for him and I hope he’s safe if he’s going to Sochi. (I wont be watching any of the Olympic stuff from there.)

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 7:36pm
  272. Shocked. Absolutely shocked. LMAO

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 7:38pm
  273. Many of us already knew Brian Boitano. Thank you for officially coming out, brother!

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 7:38pm
  274. <3

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 7:39pm
  275. I always knew that

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 7:39pm
  276. No way I would never have imagined. This cant be true. Im so appalled. He is the opitamy of masculinity.

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 7:41pm
  277. Hello!!!!

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 7:41pm
  278. Wow. So didn’t see that one coming …. Said no one ever.

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 7:46pm
  279. gnaw really?

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 7:46pm
  280. And this is news why? And what’s the big deal?

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 7:46pm
  281. Thank you for standing up…Be safe over there and kick some ash

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 7:47pm
  282. A figure skater?? Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 7:49pm
  283. I feel like I just woke up in 1992. He was quite out in SF at that time. I guess it’s official. Great that they are all going over there. Heartwarming especially to see Billy Jean King, a real renegade for women’s achievement and place in sports, who one day was able to be a free and open lesbian.

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 7:50pm
  284. No shit, Brian. We knew for years.

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 7:50pm
  285. Donald Fritsche noooo football is a beautiful sport…

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 7:50pm
  286. Wow, you really had everyone fooled…lol

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 7:51pm
  287. Lol duh….

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 7:51pm
  288. Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 7:54pm
  289. REALLY?? LOL This is not new news?? smh

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 7:56pm
  290. Like we didn’t know.

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 7:58pm
  291. I just heard Sgt. Hartmans voice from Full Metal Jacket, “Well… No shit… What do we have here a fkn comedian”

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 7:58pm
  292. Really…Now I can sleep tonight…

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 7:58pm
  293. well that was a big shock.. (NOT)

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 7:58pm
  294. who cares I dont… doesnt affect me in any way

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 7:59pm
  295. Lmao @ Raven Jade ctfu

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 7:59pm
  296. “Olympic figure skating champ is gay”
    And this is supposed to be news?

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 7:59pm
  297. Good for you :-) be out and happy.

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 8:00pm
  298. Aren’t all male figure skaters gay?

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 8:00pm
  299. What gave that away. the purse that fell out of his mouth? LOL

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 8:00pm
  300. I knew that years ago.

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 8:00pm
  301. Love Brian Boitano but Duh lmao

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 8:04pm
  302. Dude, you have homo written all over your tight little ass.

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 8:04pm
  303. I thought that was common knowledge

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 8:05pm
  304. Surprise? Nope……at least he finally goes public about this. Geez….;-)

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 8:05pm
  305. Also at eleven, sky is still blue!

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 8:05pm
  306. is this a surprise?

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 8:06pm
  307. Yeah, WE knew… but the announcement is for the other part of the world… otherwise we would never have to come out! Good work and great timing, Brian!

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 8:08pm
  308. No way.

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 8:08pm
  309. He’s from Dublin California, well was. I knew this many years ago! Did he just “come out?” Noo?! I don’t know.

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 8:12pm
  310. Really, who knew…

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 8:14pm
  311. You don’t say…

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 8:14pm
  312. Good for him. It can’t be easy.

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 8:14pm
  313. Didn’t we already know this?

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 8:15pm
  314. Sorry, Brian. You’re the last one to find out . . .

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 8:16pm
  315. Whats “the other part of the world”? Straight people?..umm yeah they knew that too..lol..let us know when a male figure skater is straight..that’s news..;)

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 8:16pm
  316. duh….you think??

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 8:16pm
  317. Sounds crass but……..Noooooo shit!! Freakin genius

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 8:17pm
  318. Wow ! Shocker ❤️❤️❤️

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 8:18pm
  319. about time lol

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 8:19pm
  320. like effin DUH

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 8:20pm
  321. God love you as you are.

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 8:20pm
  322. Duh lol

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 8:21pm
  323. R E A L L Y ????

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 8:22pm
  324. WHAT???? I always thought he was straight….lmgao…

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 8:23pm
  325. Don’t be so critical…….I didn’t come out of the closet until I was 36……It is news because he on the delegation for Sochi…..Prers. Obama is putting all of us out in front….for ALL of Russia to see.

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 8:24pm
  326. Yeah right…a gay ice skater???

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 8:24pm
  327. If only he’d come out when it required some courage and might have mattered. Still, at least he did it. There are plenty of others still languishing in the closet.

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 8:25pm
  328. We knew that and this is why he likes his privacy.

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 8:27pm
  329. Are we really shocked? I knew way back when he was skating

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 8:27pm
  330. Terry what’s sick is your face.

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 8:27pm
  331. < clutching my pearls in disbelief. Even Cartman knew already.

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 8:28pm
  332. No shit

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 8:28pm
  333. Is this a delayed news flash from 2008?

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 8:30pm
  334. Wow, shocker! not

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 8:30pm
  335. Shocking! ;-)

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 8:31pm
  336. Oh, shocker!

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 8:32pm
  337. I’ve known since South Park

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 8:33pm
  338. That’s not news it would have been news to find out he was straight lol

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 8:37pm
  339. Aren’t you people fucking stereotyping or what? Go unlike this page or don’t read it.

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 8:38pm
  340. And grass is also green. Awwww. This is the best Not Coming Out since Clay Aiken (possibly Ricky Martin).

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 8:39pm
  341. I was gonna say, what, wasn't he already out?

    Replied on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 8:46pm
  342. This isn’t really news. I knew it when I was a kid. Lol

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 8:40pm
  343. no surprise there

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 8:41pm
  344. No shit.. really.. I knew that years ago. .

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 8:43pm
  345. This is news? I thought he already came out? o.0

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 8:43pm
  346. Sigh…duh…lol

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 8:43pm
  347. Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 8:47pm
  348. So What!!! Who cares???…Oooo another gay guy come out, big deal!!!

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 8:47pm
  349. NOOO! Really?!?

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 8:47pm
  350. Good for him! The more awareness, the better.

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 8:47pm
  351. The Nick Cage meme has to be in here, somewhere! Where is it, so I can like it, already?

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 8:50pm
  352. No surprise there, but good for him for coming out!

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 8:50pm
  353. Funny as heck, no secret!
    Love love LOVE him!!!!

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 8:51pm
  354. No kidding

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 8:54pm
  355. Thats a shocker ……..NOT

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 8:56pm
  356. Would have been news if he wasn’t lol

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 8:56pm
  357. What a fucking news flash !

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 8:57pm
  358. No shit lol

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 8:58pm
  359. Surprise

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 9:00pm
  360. And exactly nobody gasps in surprise :-) But, thanks for /finally/ speaking out. That part still matters.

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 9:03pm
  361. Congrats,dear !

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 9:04pm
  362. Hum,he´s quite attractive, too , at least in this pic he looks like it.

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 9:06pm
  363. Not surprising and I all ready knew. Just a matter of him confirming.

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 9:07pm
  364. Why is this considered news? It was common knowledge.

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 9:08pm
  365. I thought he was out years ago.

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 9:08pm
  366. Shocking.

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 9:09pm
  367. In other breaking news trees do photosynthesis!

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 9:11pm
  368. REALLY BRIAN WE ALL KNEW -THATS OK YOU NEED YOUR PRIVACY AND THE HOLE WORLD DOES NOT NEED TO KNOW EVERYTHING ABOUT EVERYONE’S PERSONAL LIFE

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 9:12pm
  369. Well DUH!!!!

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 9:14pm
  370. Didn’t see that coming.

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 9:17pm
  371. Like we didn’t know this decades ago…duh

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 9:18pm
  372. nawwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww really ????

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 9:18pm
  373. Duh! The president outed him…hee hee.

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 9:20pm
  374. Color me shocked…

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 9:20pm
  375. Everybody knew that long time ago!!! Haha !!!

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 9:20pm
  376. Oh !! No shit !!!

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 9:21pm
  377. No shit.

    Replied on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 9:28pm
  378. Be careful in Russia

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 9:23pm
  379. Now kick Russia’s ass!!!

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 9:23pm
  380. umm were there people that didn’t actually know this?

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 9:24pm
  381. We knew that!

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 9:25pm
  382. Already knew that.

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 9:25pm
  383. SHOCKING

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 9:27pm
  384. Surprise – not!

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 9:27pm
  385. We’ve known for a long time

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 9:28pm
  386. Who cares ! realy…who cares.

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 9:28pm
  387. I’m shocked…shocked I tell you…

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 9:29pm