The Silver Linings Playbook


Nick-Symmonds_leadx400deepUS 800m silver medalist Nick Symmonds dedicated his medal to his gay and lesbian friends and called for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality.

“As much as I can speak about it, I believe that all humans deserve equality as however God made them,” he said to R-Sport. “Whether you’re gay, straight, black, white, we all deserve the same rights. If there’s anything I can do to champion the cause, I will, shy of getting arrested.”

“I respect Russians’ ability to govern their people. I disagree with their laws.”


But he seems to be carrying a lighter lunch than Rob, in fairness.

US athlete Nick Symmonds speaks out against Russia’s anti-gay law in Moscow (Alan Luhn, Guardian)

Pic: Getty Images


BRuL5ReCUAAnaP8Jade Kelly (left) and Rose Mullen chained to the railings outside the Russian Embassy, Orwell Road, Rathgar, Dublin, in protest at Russia’s anti-gay laws.

Thanks Sarah Meyler

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