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Brian Boitano

Yup, I'm Gay

12/19/2013 10:53 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Brian Boitano
likes boytanos ... the figure skating legend has just announced he's gay.

Turns out, Boitano had never addressed his sexuality publicly until today ... when he released a statement regarding his recent appointment to the U.S. delegation for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

Boitano says, "Being gay is just one part of who I am. First and foremost I am an American athlete and I am proud to live in a country that encourages diversity, openness and tolerance."

It seems pretty obvious Boitano timed his announcement to thumb his nose at the Russian establishment ... which has planted itself firmly against homosexuality.

"Brian Boitano doesn't take sh*t from anybody" -- South Park

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36 COMMENTS

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Dublin2016    

Shocking......

278 days ago
2.

dph1671    

In other BREAKING NEWS... water is wet.

278 days ago
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hawkette10    

So what?

278 days ago
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D.Tidrow    

Who would have thunk it?

278 days ago
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Johnny    

First, people from Louisiana with 2 foot beards don't like gay people and now this. I can't take any more surprises so close to Christmas.

278 days ago
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arforama    

SHOCKER !

278 days ago
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brade33    

No way!!

278 days ago
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elena    

this is not breaking news.

278 days ago
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TuxThePenguin    

TMZ??? really?

278 days ago
10.

AllieHughes    

Needs attention. Your skating is great dont fall into the silly hype of announcement . Be classy. We need some classy gays. Rock Hudson classy. Harvey Levin classy.

278 days ago
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kstrick    

Holy s%$t are you serious! Did not see that coming

278 days ago
12.

Paulina82    

Cool I'm straight!

278 days ago
13.

Livvie     

This was never a secret....

278 days ago
14.

Machelle    

I honestly don't understand the gay announcements. Did I miss a decade where this phenom was ushered in?

278 days ago
15.

Ron Fing Swanson    

Only straight figure skater is Chazz Michael Michaels, the rest announcing they're gay is like saying the sky is blue. No crap.

278 days ago
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