Olympic ice hockey player Charline Labonte comes out
Canadian gold medal winning Olympian Charlie Labonte came out today in an emotional self-penned editorial piece featured on Outsports and Lez Spread the Word.
Labonte spoke of participating at the Olympics, the highs and lows of being a lesbian in competitive sports. She spoke of her time at the most recent Olympics in Sochi, where she shared her win with her girlfriend Olympic Speed Sakter Anastasia Buscis, and her joy at representing her country.
However Labonte’s joy was bittersweet, tempered by the plight of Russia’s LGBTI people and the recent anti gay propaganda laws.
“Of course, the new Russian laws, including the anti-gay "propaganda" laws, created a malaise that was felt by most people around me, gay or straight. Were we afraid? Of course! Were we in danger? No idea. We never had the intention to protest or talk about being gay. We were in Sochi for a single reason and that was to compete at the highest level of our capacities . We worked too hard to let any outside distractions separate us from our ultimate dream,” Labonte told Outsports.
You can read Charlie's full story here.