As one of the openly gay members of the United States’ official delegation to the Sochi Olympic Games, Billie Jean King is aware of the message she and her fellow athletes are sending. Speaking to Matt Lauer, she said the following:

“When we step off the plane we are part of America. We are what an America looks like. So I think President Obama has done an amazing job on promoting diversity and inclusion. He has been the all-time president for doing that. And he’s showing the Russians, ‘Listen everybody belongs in the United States of America.'”

Indeed. In the interview, she talks about Russia’s anti-gay laws and the meaning of the Olympics for the athletes.

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