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Gay Australian Olympian Pledges to Wear 'Principle Six' Protest Merchandise at Sochi Games

Belle Brockhoff

Belle Brockhoff, the Australian snowboarding Olympian who came out back in August as a show of solidarity with gay and lesbian athletes, is now throwing her support behind 'Principle Six' - the new line of protest merchandise that uses the IOC's own charter language to push for LGBT non-discrimination. The Courier-Mail reports:

"Ill wear what I have to wear for the team because I am representing Australia but apart from that I'll definitely be wearing P6 stuff.

"It's kind of a way of protesting but not really. It's directed towards te IOC, it's not directed to the Russian government so if athletes want to wear it around the Games they will be quite safe doing so.

"It's simple, it's powerful and I think it will change a lot of things after the Games."

Brockhoff joins numerous U.S. athletes who have also committed to working with the campaign, including runner Nick Symmonds and tennis star Andy Roddick. It remains unclear, however, if the IOC will take any action against athletes wearing this form of protest merchandise. 

Check out Brockhoff and other athletes who came out in 2013 in our year-end wrap-up, I'm Gay: The 53 Most Powerful Coming Outs of 2013.

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  1. Good for her and brave lady! Now the psychotic women-hating commenters on here who claim lesbians are selfish can STFU. But they're crazy and probably won't anyway.

    Posted by: SpaceCadet | Dec 16, 2013 1:32:19 PM

  2. Thanks for this. May I suggest a style change for TLRD articles? Please explain what the article is actually *about* (Principle 6) rather than merely posting a link that I have to follow. Same for acronyms, please. Not everyone knows them all.

    Posted by: Raybob | Dec 16, 2013 2:04:37 PM

  3. You go girl! Bravery in the face of fascism. And for those of you who don't think this is valid protest, put yourself in her shoes. This competition is her whole focus right now and she'll be bucking a moneyed old-white-guy world when she goes to the Olympics.

    Posted by: DavidR | Dec 16, 2013 2:09:47 PM

  4. "Bravery in the face of fascism"? Wearing P6 clothing? Stating something that is already in the IOC charter? No.
    She says, herself, "It's kind of a way of protesting, but not really."

    Posted by: Raybob | Dec 16, 2013 2:24:13 PM

  5. Why is this fool even going to the Sochi Olympics? Greed and purely greed. The guy doesn't give a hoot about gay Russians being beaten to death. What he cares more about is his fifteen minutes of fame. Blow it out your hat Belle.

    Posted by: Mike Ryan | Dec 16, 2013 3:22:00 PM

  6. Sorry. I could have sworn she was male from her picture. ;-)

    Posted by: Mike Ryan | Dec 16, 2013 3:22:58 PM

  7. I've slightly mellowed, having seen how Elton John's protest in Russia went forward (by the way, what happened to that second performance?).

    I'm impressed by those Olympic-level athletes who seek to go and make a statement by being open and honest, as well as using a campaign like the Principle 6 campaign.

    Posted by: Randy | Dec 16, 2013 5:34:12 PM

  8. Go Belle. Hope you win a medal.

    Posted by: andrew | Dec 16, 2013 5:55:46 PM

  9. Time for a reality check: The Sochi Olympic Games are going to happen. There is zero chance that the any country will boycott.

    Given that, which preferable:
    1) Have openly gay athletes and allies drop out of the Olympic Team in protest. Replace them with an alternate who probably won't medal.
    2) Have people like Belle compete and possibly win a medal, providing them publicity and the opportunity to engage in acts of civil disobedience.

    Jesse Owens-type scenarios spread messages better than 1980/1984 country-wide boycotts.

    Posted by: alex | Dec 16, 2013 7:19:56 PM

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