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I thought the other thing that was significant was that Matthew Wilkas was specifically described as Gus Kenworthy’s boyfriend by NBC’s commentators and they didn’t make a big fuss over the kiss! The group included multiple Rainbow Flags too. LGBT athletes were also featured in several major TV ads.  ;-)

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By my count, Team LGBTQ had 11 members during this Olympics.

  • Belle Brockhoff, Australia – Women’s Normal Hill Individual Ski Jump
  • Brittany Bowe, US – Women’s Speedskate
  • Julie Wu Chu, US – Women’s Ice Hockey
  • Daniela Iraschko-Stolz, Austria – Women’s Normal Hill Individual Ski Jump
  • Gus Kenworthy, US – Men’s Slopestyle
  • Cheryl Maas, Netherlands – Women’s Slopestyle
  • Kim Meylemans, Belgium – Women’s Skeleton
  • Šárka Pančochová, Czech Republic – Women’s Slopestyle
  • Eric Redford, Canada – Men’s Figure Skating
  • Adam Ripon, US – Men’s Figure Skating
  • Sophie Veercryssen, Belgium – Women’s Bobsled
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Clearly the cameramen and the directors who are deciding who to show on camera during the Opening and Closing Ceremonies for NBC are either straight men or Lesbians! If you only saw TV coverage, you’d think the majority of the athletes competing were young women! Yes, Girl Power and all that, but I want to see the guys!  ;-)

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1 hour ago, MichaelS36 said:

We hold hands, kiss, in public. ..people can look the other way. I will not change who I am, or what I feel for anyone.

If I remember correctly, you’re a cop with the training that goes along with the job – plus you have ID that identifies you as such. Most of the rest of us don’t have that. Some don’t live in places where the government and much of the population supports LGBTQ rights like you and I do. We are very fortunate to live where we do, but some others live where it is less safe to be so visible…

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my heart wishes that this didn't need to be news, but my mind is cheering that it was. when i see couples, no mater the configuration of said couples, holding hands, hug or kiss i just think that's so cute and continue on my way. now i do object to being forced onto a porn set complete with soundtrack on a city street.

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12 minutes ago, mogwhy said:

my heart wishes that this didn't need to be news, but my mind is cheering that it was. when i see couples, no mater the configuration of said couples, holding hands, hug or kiss i just think that's so cute and continue on my way. now i do object to being forced onto a porn set complete with soundtrack on a city street.

So you’d be okay as long as they turn the soundtrack off?  ;-)

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3 minutes ago, Mikiesboy said:

He was a cop ... however even when he was he wasn't a street cop any longer and I'm fairly sure he's talking about when he was off duty as we didnt usually walk around holding hands when he was at work. Now with his new jobs.. we dont because we both work.  I'm sure He'll have more to say when He's back online. 

 

And yes we are lucky we live where we do and we are both very aware of the reasons why we are. We stand on the backs of others gone before us, who helped get us here. Michael knows that and it's why he feels like he does and acts like he does. Not because he was a cop, but because of Gay men and women who stood up and said You can do this to us anymore. He holds my hand in public because he loves me, and because he thinks we should carry on the job, and continue to send the message: We're here and we are not going away.

I’m sorry if that I sounded angry or offended. That wasn’t my intent. I just wanted to point out that some of us are more fortunate than others.

 

I love that you pointed out that we are where we are because others fought for our rights! Too many people are unaware of the sacrifices made by those who came before us. Nobody teaches us our history, we have to go search for it ourselves (which helps explains the many faux pas committed by newly Out celebrities and athletes). Fortunately, there are many excellent books, movies, and documentaries out there if we spend a little time looking.

 

The LGBTQ community does not have a way for our ‘grandparents’ to tell their stories to our young people except through those books, movies, and documentaries…  ;-)

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17 hours ago, droughtquake said:

If I remember correctly, you’re a cop with the training that goes along with the job – plus you have ID that identifies you as such. Most of the rest of us don’t have that. Some don’t live in places where the government and much of the population supports LGBTQ rights like you and I do. We are very fortunate to live where we do, but some others live where it is less safe to be so visible…

I was a detective. However, hand holding was off duty. I was not the cop who misused my position. Yes, I'm aware not all have the freedoms we do, but our actions can filter through, other people and countries can see we stand up for ourselves. To help others, we need to stand up to any who would put us down. So I hold tim's hand, I kiss him in public. The last guy who called me a f*gg*t, was asked to step outside, where I said I'd be happy to show him how much of a f*gg*t, I am. He declined my invitation.  No, I wasn't on duty I was trying to see a film. He went away and tim and I had a nice evening.

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