Olympic skater comes out in adorable kissing photo
The image delighted LGBT sports fans across the globe.
Spanish Olympic figure skater Javier Raya came out publicly as gay with in a cute picture of him kissing his boyfriend.
The 25-year-old pro athlete shared the photo on his Instagram, delighting fans worldwide.
“Many of you know, others can imagine by the pictures and others will be surprised, but I have to say that right now I feel like the luckiest person in the world! Thank you @nicholsondrew.”
Raya competed at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi and placed 25th.
He is the second Spanish Olympic athlete to have come out recently.
Last month, water polo star Víctor Gutiérrez came out before heading to the Rio Olympics.
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“My family knows I’m gay, my friends too. And I’m living in such a positive way with my sexuality that I felt a responsibility to share it with others,” Gutiérrez said.
“There have been more than 70 homophobic attacks in Madrid so far this year,” he added.
“It is a reality that we live in. And there are almost no athletes who are out of the closet. But in my experience, people have changed.”
Meanwhile, Spain’s first openly gay referee quit football, insisting he “cannot take any more”.
Jesús Tomillero took the decision after he was subjected to a torrent of abuse following his decision to give a penalty during a match between Portuense and San Fernando Isleño.