Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Runner dedicates medal in Russia to his gay, lesbian friends


Nick Symmonds celebrates his silver medal. - Mark Kolbe/Getty Images
Several days ago, American middle distance runner Nick Symmonds was criticized for his statement that he, himself, was an ally to homosexuals, however, he would not turn the race into a gay thing -- he would try to remain silent concerning Russia's anti-gay laws while competing for team USA at the World Track and Field Championships being held in Moscow.

Imagine the surprise when, upon winning the silver medal in the 800 meters, Symmonds was decidedly not silent at all, telling Russia's R-Sport that he would be dedicating his silver medal to his LGBT friends back home in the USA.
"As much as I can speak out about it, I believe that all humans deserve equality as however God made them," he told Russian reporters from Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium. "Whether you're gay, straight, black, white, we all deserve the same rights. If there's anything I can do to champion the cause and further it, I will, shy of getting arrested."  He continued, "I respect Russians' ability to govern their people. I disagree with their laws. I do have respect for this nation. I disagree with their rules."
Symmonds, 29, reported this, his feelings for his LGBT friends and his disdain for the Russian laws restricting homosexuals in Russia to the Russian media itself. He did so at some peril, as the Russian government has recently come out with new laws that prevent not only homosexuals, but any "Propaganda" placing himself at risk.

1 comment:

  1. This is exactly what was suggested by some people. Greg Louganis (Olympic medalist & gay man) said that athletes train their whole lives for this. Rather than boycotting their dreams. They should make a statement (even better with a win).

    Great job, Nick Symmonds.