While there may be zero openly gay athletes at this year’s Winter Olympics, there won’t be a shortage of LGBT people at the 2010 Gay Games in Cologne. There are already more than 5,000 athletes and artists registered to participate at Gay Games VIII Cologne 2010 Sports & Cultural Festival. Among the 5,000 is the outrageously handsome, Australian Olympic gold medalist Matthew Mitcham.
“I’m excited to be part of something so important for our communities around the globe. This event brings lesbian and gay life out on the court, onto the track, and into the pool,” Matthew explains. “Being ‘out’ for me means being just as I am with nothing to be ashamed about and no reasons to hide. Participating at the Gay Games is a great chance for all gays and lesbians to show that we as a community are not like the stereotypes the straight media loves to portray. I will take time off from training and travel to Cologne, since I strongly feel we have to celebrate our own values and help others to accept that it is OK to be different.”