Who to Root for @ the Olympics? These Guys, Who Spoke Out Against Russia's Homophobic Laws

Swedish Hockey Bae, Henrik Zetterberg

Zetterberg, captain of the Detroit Red Wings, will compete at Sochi on the Swedish Hockey team. He voiced his stance earlier this year, calling the anti-LGBT laws “awful, just awful.” Tamba [sic] Bay Lighting defenseman Victor Hedman, who did not make the Olympic team, also voiced his stating, “That’s completely wrong, we’re all humans. No one should have a say in what way you’re sexually oriented.”

Australian Snowboarder, Belle Brockhoff

The 20-year-old Aussie came out of the closet in August as a display of solidarity with gay and lesbian athletes. After qualifying to compete in snowboard cross, she has made her feelings toward Russian President Vladimir Putin and his country’s anti-gay laws very clear, promising to “rip on his ass” during interviews. “I’m not happy and there’s a bunch of other Olympians who are not happy either,” she said.

During the games she also plans on making small displays of support. “The most I’ll do is hold up six fingers to represent Principle Six. Possibly I’ll do it on camera here or there, and maybe after the heats of my event.” The Principle Six campaign, named after the clause in the Olympic charter that guarantees non-discrimination, was formed by two nonprofits: Athlete Ally and All Out. Brockhoff and the other athletes that have joined the campaign are pushing Russia to repeal its controversial anti-LGBT legislation.

The Australian Bobsled Team

Heath Spence, the captain of the Aussie bobsled team, and his teammates are showing their support right on their sled. The Principle 6 Campaign recently became an official sponsor for the team, with its logo appearing on its bobsled at the World Cup event in Lake Placid, N.Y. “We don’t just believe that on principle — some of our most loyal supporters have been gay,” Spence said. “We’re against discrimination in sport, full stop. That means we also oppose discrimination against gay and lesbian athletes.”

[Would you let the Australian bobsled team run a train on you?]

Canadian Speedskater, Anastasia Bucsis

After making the decision to come out publicly this September, the speedskater isn’t going to hide anything in Sochi — she will compete as an out gay Olympian.
She remains optimistic about the future of LGBT people living in Russia, “I also have faith in Russia. I think — I hope — that things will get better.” The athlete, who will compete in women’s long track, has joined several other olympians in the Athlete Ally campaign.

U.S. Figure Skater, Jeremy Abbott

Four-time U.S. figure skating national champion Jeremy Abbott sounded off on Russia’s anti-LGBT laws after securing a spot on the men’s figure skating team, stating that the laws are “very unfortunate.” He went on to say, “I don’t care what people assume about me, whether or not I am gay or straight. Ultimately I think it has no baring [sic] on the conversation. I’m an ally and I believe everyone should be supportive of human rights.”

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So, I read a suggestion from a Russian LGBT organization that we should turn off our TVs for two minutes during the commercial break, so the sponsors lose out on money. Will you be tuning in for the Olympics?