A day after Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko stated that a controversial anti-gay law would be enforced at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Patrick Burke, co-founder of You Can Play, an advocacy group for gay athletes, once again took to the media to condemn the legislation and spoke against an athlete boycott of the Games.
"Every gay athlete that I have spoken too has said universally that they want to go. There is not one gay athlete that I have spoken too who is competing in these games who is in favour of a boycott or in favour of staying home, gay athletes want to show up, they want to compete they want to show what they can do," Burke said in a television interview with the CBC Friday. "The Russian Laws are based on the ideas that gay people are somehow weaker or wrong, or lesser. If you a win an Olympic gold medal and you are gay doesn't that show exactly the opposite of that."
Burke helped found the group just over a year ago, after the death of his brother, Brendan, whoRead More »from Patrick Burke weighs in on Russian anti-gay law ahead of Sochi 2014