The State Department on Friday released
a gay-inclusive video highlighting Team USA's participation in the
2014 Winter Olympics and Paralympics in Sochi, Russia.
The 1-minute video, titled We Are
All Athletes, promotes Team USA's diversity and inclusiveness.
“We may not look the same, or dress
the same. We may live in different places. And lead different
lives. But we are all athletes,” various athletes say.
“We don't let people tell us who we
are, or who we should be,” Chris Brand, goaltender for the New
York Lions, a gay hockey team, is heard saying as he walks
through the Sky Rink at Chelsea Pier with his arm wrapped around
The video ends with a close up of Brand
and the phrase, “We are all athletes.”
The video appears to be a subtle
message to Russia, the host of next month's Winter Olympics in Sochi,
and its controversial law prohibiting “gay propaganda” to minors.