Watch: Gay Olympian Won't 'Tone Down' For Russia

7.12.2013

By Andrew Belonsky

Blake Skjellerup plans on keeping it real in Sochi.

Currently training for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, speed skating New Zealand native Blake Skjellerup took some time to chat with Vocativ about the new ""homosexual propaganda" laws in Russia. The laws, supported by President Vladimir Putin, are a "huge step backward" for the international LGBT movement, he says, and he plans on ignoring them through and through.

"I was in the closet for a long time and who I am now is who I really am and who I always will be and I'm not going to tone down or change who I am just because I go to a different country. If it gets in trouble, I guess so be it," he says in this must-see video, in which 28-year old Skjellerup also discusses how the pride events at Vancouver Olympics helped him come out.

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