American figure skater Adam Rippon has qualified for the Pyeongchang Games, making him the first openly gay U. Rippon may also be, according to research conducted by LGBTQ sports site Outsports , "the first publicly out gay man ever selected to a Winter Olympics team from any country in any sport. In the rink, Rippon is graceful, able to execute the esteemed "quad lutz," a quadruple spinning jump once thought impossible. Off the ice, he's a firebrand — and one who does not shy away from his sexuality. Lots of hard work but usually done with better eyebrows. Even before he officially made the Olympic team, the former U.
Adam Rippon Confirms He Has a Boyfriend, and They Met on Tinder | belize-guide.info
Adam Rippon, 28, declined to confirm reports that he refused a request to meet Mr Pence in Pyeongchang, adding he did not want to distract his teammates. He has accused the vice-president, who arrived in South Korea on Friday, of expressing anti-gay views. When asked if Mr Pence had asked for a meeting, Mr Rippon said: "I don't want to distract from the competition or make this too much for my competitors and my teammates. The vice-president's communications director Jarrod Agen dismissed the report, saying it was "false and should be corrected".
Gay Figure Skater Adam Rippon Stands by Criticism of Mike Pence Ahead of Winter Olympics
The action is starting to wind down at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, and now it's time to look forward to the future. In , inclusivity and representation exploded into the Olympics in a truly remarkable way: 14 out-and-proud athletes not only competed , but they also excelled and often used their platform to advocate for acceptance and equality. Canada's Eric Radford became the first openly gay man to win a gold medal. And though commentator Johnny Weir wasn't out of the closet when he competed, he's since become an inexorable part of queer Olympic history. With sexuality taking a clear front seat, I think it's high time we bring gender into the conversation as well.
They fit that piece of masculinity we have come to expect in sports being big and strong. Rippon became the first openly gay U. There were seven in Sochi four years ago. I'm from Indiana, where Pence was my governor while I was a college athlete. I never felt supported by the politicians of Indiana or the support for being an openly gay athlete.