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Not to be outdone by The Canadian Institute of Diversity and Inclusion (CIDI) – see my previous post if you are unsure of what I’m talking about – Norway has issued their own response to Russia’s anti-LGBT propaganda law. Thanks for bringing this to my attention Jon Rodriguez.

Michael Sam steps out of the closet

gay football playerMichael Sam, the ferocious 260-pound Missouri defensive end, SEC Defensive Player of the Year and a potential high-round pick in May’s NFL draft stepped out of the closet when he told the New York Times today that he is gay.

Perhaps the New York Times wrote it best when John Branch wrote about this college senior, “As the pace of the gay rights movement has accelerated drastically in recent years, the sports industry has changed relatively little, with no publicly gay male athletes in the N.F.L., the N.B.A., the N.H.L. or Major League Baseball. Against this backdrop, Mr. Sam could become a symbol for the country’s gay rights movement or a flash point in a football culture war — or both.”

You can read the New York Times interview here.  ESPN as one might guess also has a great feature on the story here. Thanks for the tip lil brother, you even beat the HuffingtonPost alarm that came thru earlier tonight.

Sochi Olympics start tonight

welcome sochi 2014 - olympicsThe 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics start tonight and while I’ve already written a handful of posts expressing my frustration with the IOC’s actions, I fully intend to watch the Olympics.

In a perverse twist of fate, Russia’s spree of homophobic legislation and Putin’s remarks defending them has made the LGBT calls for greater equality abroad a topic of conversation in a way that it may never have been if the games had been held elsewhere, and I hope the scrutiny post-games shall not subside.

Thanks to “Boston” Dan a BosGuy blog reader who sent me this video.

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Javier Fernandez Spanish figure skater

Spanish Figure SkaterLast week while all of New England was watching the Patriots lose to the Denver Broncos, I was actually watching The ISU European Figure Skating Championships in Budapest.  Mock me if you will, but I think I developed a bit of a crush on this 22 year old underdog, figure skater from Madrid who will represent Spain at the Sochi Olympics.

New England trash talk: Rawr

New England PatriotsMuch thanks to my brother, Tim, who forward me this image on Monday morning.  I thought I’d save this for today. Enjoy the game if you’re into that sort of thing.  Personally, I’m more interested in this Denver fan.

Sochi Olympics: The missing link

Sochi OlympicsDid you know that Russia is the only world power right now actively encouraging discrimination and hatred against the LGBT Community?

Did you also know that the IOC has in their charter and mission that they are committed to “To act against any form of discrimination affecting the Olympic Movement.” Discriminatory laws enacted in Russia affect the Olympic Movement and participating gay Olympic Athletes but that seems to be an inconvenient truth for the IOC so they’ve pretended not to notice, but I have and it has really ticked me off.  I’ve ranted about it here, here, and here.

Later today the US Olympic Committee’s road to Sochi Tour comes to the Boston Common Frog Pond skating rink from 11am-5pm so I thought I’d share some information about The Missing Link.  It is a campaign focused on raising money to go to Immigration Equality’s Russia Emergency Fund. Over the coming weeks, I’m sure I’ll post a few more rants about my disappointment in the I.O.C. I’m curious how you feel about this?

 

Paris to host 2018 Gay Games

Paris Gay GamesEarlier this month it was announced that Paris had beat out a handful of other cities to host the 2018 Gay Games.  I’ve never attended the Gay Games, but I love Paris and will use any excuse to write about this city.

No slight intended but this seems like a much cooler host city than the upcoming Gay Games to be hosted in Cleveland and Akron, Ohio the summer of 2014.

German Sochi Olympic outfits have rainbow theme

sochi olympicsJMG last week broke the story that Germany’s Athletes will wear the above rainbow-hued uniforms at the Sochi Olympics, but officials insist the design is not intended as a commentary on Russia’s anti-gay laws.  Either way, I love it. I’d love to see more countries follow Germany’s lead.  You can read the full story here in Der Spiegel (it is in English).

Sochi Olympics

Sochi OlympicsShame on the I.O.C.

Suddenly it makes sense

wrestlingEarlier this week Joe. My. God. blog noted that wrestling will be reinstated for the 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo.  Pity this won’t be at Sochi if for no other reason than I’d like to see a bunch of homphobic, sexually repressed Russians cheering on their guy as he simulates gay sex wrestles.

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Gay ski weekend: Stowe, VT Jan. 22-26, 2014

Gay Ski WeekendIs this too soon? Sorry, if you are still savoring the last few weeks of summer, but last month New England’s version of gay ski week announced they are now taking reservations.

Locally, this event is known as the Winter Rendez-Vous and it takes place in Stowe, Vermont early next year, January 22-26, 2014.

All different packages are available on the event website, www.WinterRendezVous.com.

Red Bull cliff diving in Boston on Sunday

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© Romina Amato/Red Bull Cliff Diving

Tomorrow, the Red Bull cliff diving competition returns to Boston.  This amazing world competition that takes place in Europe, South America and Asia makes its only stop in North America in Boston on Sunday, August 25th.

Competitors dive from a platform erected atop Boston’s Institute of Contemporary Art on Fan Pier in the Seaport district.  If you’ve never seen this spectacle, I’d encourage you to come down and check it out.  The competition commences at 2pm ET and is free to the public.

 I’ve included below a quick video from the first diving contest in Boston from 2011.

 

Dick of the week: International Amateur Athletic Federation

Emma Green TregaroEmma Green Tregaro, the Swedish athlete who painted her fingernails the colors of the rainbow to show support for gay rights last week was forced to re-paint her nails, after track and field’s governing body warned that her nails flouted its ban on political statements at events.

As the world championships concluded on Sunday, Russia’s minister of sport, Vitaly Mutko, said the freedoms of those who come to Sochi “will be absolutely protected.” But he also said, “We want to protect our children whose psyches have not formed from the propaganda of drug use, drunkenness and non-traditional sexual relations.”

My response to both the International Amateur Athletic Federation and Russia’s minister of sport is exactly the same. Perhaps you can figure out my “Wheel of Fortune” inspired response.

F_CK YO_!

Suddenly it makes sense

suddenly it makes senseI know that my Brazilian friends are cuckoo for soccer (or football as they call it).  Suddenly the appeal of this sport makes all sort of sense to me. I may need to go check out a New England Revolution game this year.

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