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U.S. Olympic Delegate Brian Boitano Comes Out

Figure skating legend Brian Boitano has come out publicly, just days after being named as a delegate for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi.

Boitano joins tennis iconic tennis star Billy Jean King and Olympic ice hockey silver and bronze medalist Caitlin Cahow as the third openly LGBT member of the delegation.

"I am many things: a son, a brother, and uncle, a friend, an athlete, a cook, an author, and being gay is just one part of who I am," Boitano said in a statement.

Boitano, 50, won the gold medal at the 1988 Winter Olympic Games in Calgary, Alberta.

"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 “As an athlete, I hope we can remain focused on the Olympic spirit which celebrates achievement in sport by peoples of all nations."Breaking recent tradition in which leading U.S. officials represent the country at the Olympic Games, neither President Obama, Vice President Biden, their families nor a former President will be attending the 2014 Games.

“The U.S. Delegation to the Olympic Games represents the diversity that is the United States,” said White House spokesman Shin Inouye.

On Thursday, HRC announced a $100,000 contribution to the Russia Freedom Fund. The donation was made possible because individuals from around the world have joined HRC’s “Love Conquers Hate” campaign, which is raising awareness about the Russian government outlawing even modest support for LGBT equality.

Stand in solidarity with LGBT people in Russia and around the world by posting your photo on Instagram with the hashtag #LoveConquersHate.  Learn more about HRC's fight for LGBT equality in Russia at http://www.loveconquershate.org.

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