Olympisch snelheidijsschaatser Blake Skjellerup (24, Nieuw-Zeeland) heeft in het Australisch tijdschrift DNA zijn coming-out gedaan. Hij linkt op zijn website nu ook naar een holebi-jongerenorganisatie. Op Twitter schrijft hij ook “Dear everyone. Thank you for all the support. Gay rights forever, homophobia never!!”
“Gays are too often given a stereotype. Back when I was 18, and becoming serious about my sport and my Olympic goals, if I could have seen an athlete like myself out there – with whom I could relate to – my journey would have been a lot easier.
“[American figure skater] Johnny Weir meets a specific stereotype, I meet a specific stereotype and [Welsh rugby player] Gareth Thomas meets another. Being gay is just like any other personality trait: it’s multifaceted.
“I can’t personally relate to Weir or Thomas, and nor will many other young gay athletes out there. But maybe some of them will see something in me to relate to. The more types we provide, the more we’ll appeal to people [who are struggling with their sexuality.”