Andrew Blaser, Out Olympic Skeleton Athlete, Raced With Rainbow Saddle
Andrew Blaser made history as the first openly gay man to make the US Olympic team for skeleton. Last Thursday he made his Pride apparent when he raced with a rainbow saddle on his sled. The saddle was reportedly a gift from his teammate Sarah Roderick, and when asked about it Blaser said, “It’s kinda fun! Makes me smile." China considers LGBTQ activists to be political dissidents and subjects them to surveillance, harassment and imprisonment. The country lacks marriage equality as well as LGBTQ non-discrimination protections. That makes Blaser's saddle an even stronger statement at the 2022 Beijing games.