Maddow: Gay Athletes in Sochi Are Brave

By Michelle Garcia

Originally published on Advocate.com January 24 2014 2:59 PM ET

MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow predicts that multiple athletes will come out as  LGBT during the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, where simply being openly gay could be seen as violating the country's LGBT propaganda law.

"Being openly gay in Russia is itself an act of bravery right now," Maddow told David Letterman Thursday. "Athletes are coming to Russia right now from all over the world to do that. I don't expect Mexico City–style protests, but simply being open about their sexual orientation in Russia right now is like a one-finger salute to Vladimir Putin, and I think a lot of people who would have otherwise not brought it up are going to bring it up."