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Monday, February 15, 2010

Five Ways The 2010 Winter Olympics Are Getting Their Gay On

"...And if you haven't noticed, there's also something a little LGBT-friendly about this year's games, reports Change.org. "Are they the Gay Games? No, not in the least. For really LGBT-inclusive sports, stay tuned for the 2010 Gay Games in Cologne, Germany, later this year. But in its own way, the Vancouver Olympics are making little LGBT imprints."

Here's an excerpt from "Five ways the Olympics are getting their gay on this time around":
5. Pride House
It's not every Olympics that has its own Pride House -- a safe space where gay athletes, coaches, friends and family can hang out. In fact, no Olympics has had one before. But Pride House has made a name for itself in Vancouver's West End, and a sister Pride House, so to speak, is bustling in Whistler.

4. Lesbian Rock Stars
K.D. Lang's performance of Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah during the Opening Night ceremony pretty much made everyone's evening. Awesome dancing light birds, simmering orange candles in the audience, and a voice that could melt half the snow on Whistler Mountain.

3. Remembering a Gay Son
The Olympics are all about stories that tug at our heart strings and renew our faith in both a little redemption and a little humanity. And there might be nothing more heart-warming than to see Brian Burke, the General Manager of the U.S. Hockey Team, in attendance at the games. Burke lost his son, openly gay Miami University of Ohio student Brendan Burke, in a car accident last week. Of being at the Olympics, Burke simply said, "My son would have wanted me to be here."

2. Speaking Before the Canadian Masses
Mark Tewksbury swam for Canada's Olympic team during the 1988 and 1992 Olympics. He wasn't openly gay then -- in fact, he said that there would have been hell to pay if he was open about his sexual orientation back then. As an openly gay athlete. Is it possible to get a more prime-time speaking slot than that?

1. The Four Lesbian Athletes To Watch
Who are they? Well, prepare to get your vowels on. There's Ireen Wüst (Speed Skating), Vibeke Skofterud (Cross-Country Skiing), Sarah Vaillancourt (Hockey), and Erika Holst (Sweden). They represent the Netherlands, Norway, Canada and Sweden.
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