USA Runner Nick Symmonds Dedicates World Track Silver Medal in Russia To His LGBT Friends

American middle distance runner Nick Symmonds, dedicated the silver medal he won at the men’s 800 meter race held at the World Track and Field Championships in Moscow to all LGBT people.



Symmonds told a Russian news outlet:

As much as I can speak out about it, I believe that all humans deserve equality as however God made them. Whether you’re gay, straight, black, white, we all deserve the same rights. If there’s anything I can do to champion the cause and further it, I will, shy of getting arrested. I respect Russians’ ability to govern their people. I disagree with their laws. I do have respect for this nation. I disagree with their rules.

Bravo to you Mr. Symmonds, for potentially violating Russia’s oppressive anti-gay laws and bravely placing yourself at risk of being arrested for your comments. You have fired a warning shot at Putin’s extremely homophobic campaign!