Brian Boitano Talks Gay Revelation on “Today”

Publicada Jueves Enero 2, 2014 6:13 PM GMT

Back in December he announced that he’s homosexual, and Brian Boitano dropped by “Today” on Thursday to talk about his decision to come out.

The figure skating gold medalist, who is part of the USA delegation for the 2014 Sochi Olympics, shared, "When the president named the delegation and I read in the news what his message was, of tolerance and diversity, I thought, 'I have to take this opportunity.’”

"I think the message is so strong. I always wanted to represent my country as best I could. And I knew that I had to go past my comfort zone and reveal a private side of my life that I've never done before because I felt that the message is so strong."

And when Matt Lauer noted that Boitano’s revelation didn’t “shock” him, Brian replied, "First of all, the reaction has been fantastic and really supportive, but I never really felt that I had to [come out]. I have always been a private person. I've kept my private side of my life special for family and friends who really knew me. I've never been ashamed of who I was, I've always been open with them."

Regarding Russia’s anti-gay stance, Boitano articulated, "You know, I think we have to be careful once we get over there. I think the statement is already being made by us being on the delegation and [tennis legend] Billie Jean [King] and [hockey medalist] Caitlin [Cahow] and us standing together united as gay people showing that there is freedom of speech and we are successful human beings and athletes – and I think that that speaks measures."

Photo Credit: NBC

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