Gay Athletes at Sochi Games

Billie Jean King believes standing up to discrimination is the best way to combat it, so she had no hesitation joining the U.S. delegation for the Sochi Olympics.

King will help lead the delegation in the opening ceremony Feb. 7 at the Sochi Games, which has been overshadowed by a recent anti-gay law in Russia, calls for a boycott and criticism from human rights groups.

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She’ll be joined on the delegation by two openly gay former Olympic athletes — figure skater Brian Boitano and hockey player Caitlin Cahow.

King said she’ll walk in the opening ceremony, attend ice hockey and figure skating events and meet U.S. athletes during her three-day visit to the games. As an 18-year-old, King played tennis in Russia and returned several times throughout her career.

The former tennis star said she’d like sexual orientation added to the list of protections in the IOC charter.  King wants to have an impact as an openly gay person in Sochi.

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All the best to the athletes and may the Olympics be safe for all.

Accommodation in Russia (sorry we can’t guarantee LGBT welcome – so be careful if you go to Russia)

If in doubt on the current state of LGBT rights in the country your plan to travel to make sure you check out The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) Website

The Rainbow Tourism team are big supporters of the Gay Games and Out Games which will be a lot more fun events.

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