The U.S. Olympic Committee board on Oct. 10 voted to amend include sexual orientation in its non-discrimination policy.
The policy change is to the committee's codes of conduct.
The board vote is months in advance of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Earlier this year, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed into law a measure that makes it a crime to promote "gay propaganda."
There have been assurances from Russian leaders that LGBT people – athletes and fans – will not face persecution at the Winter Games but also statements that Russia will enforce the anti-gay law.
A week ago, USOC chairman Larry Probst said he would support an amendment to the International Olympic Committee's Olympic charter.