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Canadian Speed Skater Comes Out As Gay In Response To Russia's Anti-Gay Laws

“I also have faith in Russia. I think – I hope – that things will get better.”

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Bucsis tweeted this weekend from Calgary’s Pride parade:

I'm proud to be from Calgary, I'm proud to be an athlete, and I'm proud to be gay. Happy #PrideYYC

Anastasia Bucsis@anastasure

I'm proud to be from Calgary, I'm proud to be an athlete, and I'm proud to be gay. Happy #PrideYYC

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She was personally blown away by the outpouring of support she received:

Swimming in love from the kindness of strangers.

Anastasia Bucsis

@anastasure

Swimming in love from the kindness of strangers.

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Bucsis joins the ranks of several other athletes that have publicly spoken out against Russia's anti-gay laws:

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Detroit Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg, a certain choice for the Swedish national hockey team, said the law was “awful, just awful."

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He added, “I think that everyone should be able to be themselves. It’s unbelievable that it can be this way in this time, especially in a big country like Russia.”

American runner Nick Symmonds dedicated his silver medal in the 800-meter final to his LGBT friends.

He said, "If there’s anything I can do to champion the cause and further it, I will, shy of getting arrested.”

20-year-old Australian snowboarding Olympic hopeful Belle Brockhoff came out of the closet late last week to take a stand for LGBT athletes.

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"I have a feeling that I would have to kinda go back into the closet a little bit because I don't want to risk my, like, you know, safety, being arrested or deported. I want to be able to compete and live my dream and become an Olympian."

And figure skater Johnny Weir made it clear he’s willing to be arrested in Russia in order to make a point about his commitment to the LGBT equality.

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"Myself, even, just walking down the street, going to get Starbucks in the morning, and somebody could arrest me just because I look too gay."