U.S. Snowboarder Callan Chythlook-Sifsof: I’m Gay

Callan Chythlook-Sifsof, a U.S. snowboarder who missed the cut for Team USA, came out of the closet in an interview on Friday, ADN reports:

CallanThe 24-year-old told the ESPN news program "Outside the Lines" that she is gay, a revelation she said she wanted to make during the Sochi Olympics, where gay rights have become an issue because of Russia's anit-gay laws.

"I realized coming out publicly isn't just about yourself but it's also about realizing the greater scope of what's going on and becoming a voice against something," Chythlook-Sifsof said. "It's important to come out and take a stand and show the world that it's not OK to be a bigot."

Added Callan: "It's almost a blessing that the Olympics are happening in Russia and these issues are coming out. It gives the world a chance to view it and it gives athletes a chance to voice their opinions about it and to show every country in the world that this is not OK."

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    With two simple words, Callan Chythlook-Sifsof just became the very first US national team member from skiing or snowboarding to ever come out publicly. Callan proudly represented the USA when she competed in the 2010 Vancouver Winter Games, and she’s enjoyed a huge show of support in her native Alaska, where she became the first Alaskan native to compete in a Winter Olympics. She won the US National Championship for snowboarding in 2007. By coming out, Callan will inspire a new generation of young snowboarders to follow their passion, both on and off the mountain. We proudly congratulate her! — Chris French, founder and president, SKI BUMS | The world’s largest club of LGBT skiers and snowboarders

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