By Allan Muir
It wasn’t long after Russia announced that the country’s law criminalizing “propaganda for non-traditional sexual relations” would be enforced during the 2014 Sochi Olympics that the clock started ticking on how long it would take the first athlete to come out against it.
American runner Nick Symmonds was first across the line, dedicating the silver medal he won at the track and field World Championship in Moscow to his LGBT friends. “As much as I can speak out about it, I believe that all humans deserve equality as however God made them,” Symmonds told Russia’s R-Sport. “Whether you’re gay, straight, black, white, we all deserve the same rights. If there’s anything I can do to champion the cause and further it, I will, shy of getting arrested.”