Obama Appoints Gay Tennis Legend to Sochi Delegation

twitter-back-billiev4US President Barack Obama has appointed tennis legend Billie Jean King to the USA’s official delegation to the Sochi Olympics.

The inclusion of a high profile lesbian athlete has been seen as a direct response to Russia’s controversial anti-gay laws.

On her Twitter account King posted,
“Honored to represent USA in Sochi and I hope these Olympics will be a watershed moment for the universal acceptance of all people.”

The US delegation has been paired down in light of Russia’s anti-gay laws and it’s harbouring of US intelligence fugitive Edward Snowden. At the last Winter Olympics the USA delegation was led by Vice President Joe Biden, this year no member of the US cabinet is included.

image: from Billie Jean King’s Twitter account.

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