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Women's hockey goaltender Labonte announces she's gay

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TSN.ca Staff
6/11/2014 4:59:21 PM
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Canadian hockey goaltender Charline Labonte announced she is gay in an article that appeared in two publications on Wednesday.

Labonte, who was a member of Canada's gold medal-winning women's hockey team in Sochi, shared her story in Outsports and Lez Spread The World.

"I am also finally proud of who I am and proud to have the courage to share who I am with you," said Labonte in the article. "I'm a four-time Olympian. I am the daughter of wonderful parents and the sister of a very special brother. I am friends with people who fascinate me, support me and without whom I could not live out my dreams. I am a student and I get my masters from McGill University this fall.

"I am gay and proudly authentic."

The 31-year-old said she didn't want any outside distractions by coming out during the Sochi Olympics due to Russia's anti-gay laws.

The native of Boisbriand, Que has been a part of the national team for 12 years and played in two games in Sochi.

Charline Labonte (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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(Photo: The Canadian Press)
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