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Blake Skjellerup is a short-track speed skater who represented New Zealand at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. He would have been the only openly gay male competing at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, but he missed out on qualifying by one position. He is a strong LGBT youth advocate and has been a vocal opponent of Russia's anti-gay "propaganda" law. He would like to assure the LGBT youth of Russia that they have a friend and will not be forgotten.

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My Big Gay Wedding Cake

(0) Comments | Posted March 23, 2015 | 5:20 PM

Just over six months ago I got engaged! Since then I have been finding out that a lot of things apparently happen to a couple when you get engaged Everyone who is anyone asks how the proposal went down, Ricky Martin tweets you "Congrats," strangers buy...

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Coming Out Again!

(0) Comments | Posted October 11, 2014 | 8:00 AM

Just over four and a half years ago I came out! Sharing the story of my journey to understanding and accepting who I was and ultimately am today transformed my life. Today, Oct. 11, is National Coming Out Day, and in honor of that, I need your help!

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The First Draft

(0) Comments | Posted May 19, 2014 | 3:26 PM

It seems timely that amidst the week that has just been, today is International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT).

Just a week ago I was like a lot of other people gripped to social media following the NFL draft, and the rise of Michael Sam. The...

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The Olympic Oversight

(0) Comments | Posted March 13, 2014 | 7:39 PM

Four years ago, several months after I had competed at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver, I met a boy who made me realize that not everyone has a clear path in life. This 16-year-old, whose identity I will keep confidential, had just changed educational facilities following an incident in which...

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The Olympic Hangover

(2) Comments | Posted February 26, 2014 | 5:18 PM

It all seems a blur! The 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi have come and gone. It all went by so quickly, I can not believe that they are over!

To those at home, the Olympic Games last 17 days. Seventeen days of glorious and intense sporting action that brings...

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Thank You Speed Skating

(0) Comments | Posted February 18, 2014 | 7:58 AM

As the Olympics enters it's second week, so far these games have been an Olympics true to form.

The usual 'Olympic Moments' we see games in and games out have been in abundance. Heartbreak, joy, sportsmanship, camaraderie, have been seen numerous times.

This past week Michael Sam, a top prospect...

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Homosexuality Is Not Propaganda

(2) Comments | Posted February 11, 2014 | 10:33 AM

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Blake Skjellerup represented New Zealand in the 2010 Winter Olympics.

As the 2014 Winter Olympics begin in Sochi, Russia, my passion and disappointment are at odds with each other. These Olympics in Russia are something that I have thought about every day...

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