Out Olympian Cheryl Maas Raised Rainbow Glove After Yesterday’s Competition

The first gesture of LGBT solidarity in Sochi.

Cheryl Maas, a Dutch snowboarder who is married to a woman, raised a rainbow glove toward a camera after competition in Sochi yesterday.

The Towleroad website posted a clip from Dutch television this morning; the site Whitelines noted yesterday that the BBC also caught the moment, though it’s not clear that their announcers noticed what had happened.

Maas has criticized the choice to hold the Winter Games in Sochi: “With the choice of Russia, the IOC is taking a step back in time,” she told a Dutch news site last year.

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