“He’s worried about a co-worker discovering him. He is worried about blackmail. He is worried, and he does not know what else to do. He wishes he could fight, but he doesn’t know how. Sign a petition? March in a parade?” From GQ: What It’s Like to Be Gay in Putin’s Russia.

+ It’s already clear that the upcoming Olympic games will stir a discussion about anti-gay laws in Russia. But is some of the hate and homophobia being exported from the US?

+ The opening ceremonies are this week. Does the media village look ready?

+ If nothing else, Sochi will be distinct from other Winter games in one key way: It’s sort of warm there.

+ And here’s a primer on the eight events debuting at Sochi (one of which Bob Costas described as “just Jackass stuff that they invented and called Olympic sports.”)