Before the Opening Ceremonies even began we have our first apparent televised statement of support for LGBT rights at the Sochi Olympics. It comes from Dutch snowboarder Cheryl Maas, a married lesbian, after a slopestyle prelim run.
That's a glove covered in rainbows and, well, a unicorn. While the glove itself could be passed off as a totally normal thing for a snowboarder to wear -- rainbows and unicorns are lovely in any context -- the gesture to ensure the camera caught a full view of it is pretty unmistakable. Maas clearly wanted the world to see her rainbow unicorn glove. One struggles to imagine a snowboarder with a blank glove or one featuring a skull or something doing the same gesture.
We'll soon find out how many other LGBT athetes and allies in Sochi make statements, subtle or otherwise.