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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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Donna    

Why is this news?

308 days ago
17.

Rusty Shackleford    

woulda been more shocking for him to announce he was straight.

307 days ago
18.

TuxThePenguin    

"It seems pretty obvious Boitano timed his announcement to thumb his nose at the Russian establishment ... which has planted itself firmly against homosexuality." sorry dude. good luck with that problem (homosexuals are really struggling there)! win a gold, babe!!

307 days ago
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CremeBrulee    

This is very hard for me...please, no judgment...I'm a biological woman. I figured I'd throw in that caveat, what with Bryce Jenner and all.

307 days ago
20.

CyndiChainsaW    

He is a phenomenal athlete. I do not care about his sexual preference. That's all!

307 days ago
21.

Unbroken Chain    

NO WAY!! Hello, every male figure skater in the history of the world is gay!!! Except for Blades of Glory

307 days ago
22.

olu32    

,

307 days ago
23.

double d    

Duh!

307 days ago
24.

7700boi    

Get the Fff*** outta here???

307 days ago
25.

my opinion    

Wow,what a surprise a ice skating figure man is gay ....:/

307 days ago
26.

jenlolo    

I think everybody knew !!!! Nothing new TMZ but at least is not those hooes from the Kardashian family and yes we all know they are trash !!

307 days ago
27.

mr.sancho    

Who the hell cares keep it with your friends and family I dlnt give.a rats ass if ur gay this is not news queers

307 days ago
28.

Squad    

In other breaking news, the earth is round

307 days ago
29.

Hot Dumb Italian Mike    

Ice skating is still a thing??!

307 days ago
30.

J    

Duh, I used to watch him skate when I was a little kid and knew he was gay then. I think it's assumed that most male ice skaters are gay? Don't see why he had to come out when he hadn't been a public figure forever

307 days ago
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