Konstantin Yablotsky, a well-known amateur sportsman and the winner of gold and silver medals in Gay games in Cologne, in his interview for "Kvir" magazine said that his coming-out "had positive outcome".
During Gay games in Cologne (end of July-beginning of August, 2010), Konstantin Yablotsky gave several interviews for Russian and German mass-media, saying "he was psychologically ready to make coming-out because someone had to be a pioneer in Russia to say that he was gay and to call to other Russian GLBT people for making their own coming out and not to be afraid of it", reports "Kvir".
"After my bold and pride coming out during the Gay games in Cologne I began to receive letters and calls from my friends who are proud of my decision and courage. Other people went out of closets, saying to me they are gays or lesbians... It means that my decision "to be gay and proud" has positive outcome. My sexuality is equal to other innate traits of a human nature like skin or eyes' color, weight or height".
Mr. Yablotsky is 27 years old, lives in Moscow, is a teacher of chemistry and holds M.S. in Chemistry. In 2008 Konstantin became Worlds Champion in figure skating among amateurs. He has won 43 medals and 8 cups.
As we've informed you earlier, Russian athletes, inspired by Yablotsky's success in Gay games 2010, at the mean time were doing their best to establish the National LGBT sports association.
English translation presented by Yerdna Bananes