Out athletes advised to tone it down for 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia

02/7/2013 | USA Today

Next year's Winter Olympics are set to take place in Sochi, Russia, where anti-gay legislation working its way through the country’s national parliament could make public displays of affection among same-sex couples a crime. Neither Russian authorities nor the International Olympic Committee have commented on the apparent conflict between the proposed law and the Olympic commitment to nondiscrimination, but openly LGBT athletes say they worry they’ll be forced to go back into the closet to avoid running afoul of the law. "My advice would be: Watch what you do when you leave the Village, don't be aggressive, don't wear a big rainbow flag fur coat," said U.S. figure skater Johnny Weir, who spends a lot of time in Russia.

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