What Being Gay Has to do with the Winter Olympics

Absolutely nothing. The Winter Olympics has been about camaraderie, unity, competition, pressure, support, peace, empowerment, and solidarity. I think Google said it best: “The practice of sport is a human right. Every individual must have the possibility of practicing sport, without discrimination of any kind and in the Olympic spirit, which requires mutual understanding with a spirit of friendship, solidarity and fair play.” –Olympic Charter . As the Black Eyed Peas would say, where is the love?

Despite Russia’s own internal political struggle, you can check out the streaming of the events here, but the Opening Ceremony which is taking place tonight (Friday 02/07/14), will not be available for Live Streaming, at least according to Yahoo.

I’m looking forward to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi and I think everyone else should be too. Although I think it still casts shadows of privilege on folks that can afford to gather around their televisions under a warm roof to watch the opening ceremonies and activities, it is amazing to see these individuals perform their talents and artistic ability under high-pressured circumstances, especially when we see people of color entering the ring (or should I say rink?). They trained their whole life to be part of these competitions and for that, I applaud them.

Also, just take a look at the 12 new sporting events that are taking place this year in Sochi! How does this not make your heart pound with anticipation (or palpitations? Whichever you prefer!)?

At least I know there are other countries (and companies) that are in support of homosexuality and our queer (and quite fabulous) lifestyles. And Canada, Oh Canada, you have some audacity to post an ad like the one you did. I am equally grateful and even excited (in the less PG-13 sense) to have such huge support for gay individuals, and more specifically, gay athletes. Now, if only we had more representation on the media of gay people of color (that don’t act like a spokesperson for me and my community), that would be a great accomplishment. It would be just as nice to have support from other countries and within our states to take action for LGBTQ rights without having an International event be the lead catalyst for all of this lovin’. Just some thoughts.

I hope I am not offending others by trivializing the support and progress that the LGBTQ movement has produced thus far, but we are ways away from equal representation and treatment. I am extremely grateful to have figures in the media willing to represent their identity and who they are because without them, the world would be way less understanding and accepting. However, like I said, we still got some work to do.

In a nutshell, I guess the being gay has way more to do with the Winter Olympics than we realized. It’s another moment in history where underrepresented individuals are ridiculed and scorned. So, forgive me, for saying that being gay has nothing to do with the Olympics. It DOES. And it always will. I’m just waiting for the day where it doesn’t have to become an issue of awareness or acceptance. Hopefully by then, we can all just be the competitive BAMFs watching the real BAMFs duke it out for an honor of a lifetime.

Lastly, to end off on another note of positive sexual identity and the struggles that come with it, please check out my own YouTube video and Spoken Word Performance regarding what it’s like (for me) being a queer student of color in an academic setting. Enjoy!


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