Figure skater Adam Rippon and freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy are the first openly gay jocks to compete for Team USA. They’ve both made clear they aren’t happy with Pence’s selection to lead the U.S. delegation to the opening ceremony, and the two doubled down on their criticism with cheeky social media posts on Friday.
“The 2018 Winter Olympic Gaymes are officially under way! ”Kenworthy wrote on Instagram. “I’m so proud to be representing the LGBTQ community alongside this amazing guy! Eat your nerve out, Pence.”
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Rippon tweeted Friday that” representing the USA is one of the greatest honors of my life and being able to do it as my authentic ego induces everything there is so much sweeter .”
Tonight I strolled in the #OpeningCeremony and got to watch my age-old friend @Yunaaaa illuminated the Olympic flame. Representing the USA is one of the greatest honors of my life and being able to do it as my authentic self attains it all so much sweeter [?][?] pic.twitter.com/ ZypvWkUBjD
— Adam Rippon (@ Adaripp) February 9, 2018
Kenworthy posted a photo collage of him and Rippon on Twitter, write,” We’re here. We’re queer. Get used to it .”
— Gus Kenworthy (@ guskenworthy) February 9, 2018
The posts came two days after reports that Rippon declined the offering of a special meeting with Pence, saying the vice president” doesn’t stand for anything that I actually believe in .” Pence reportedly asked the U.S. Olympic Committee to set up a session between him and the above figures skater because Rippon called out his support of” gay transition therapy .”
Pence’s press secretary denies that Pence ever supported lesbian transition therapy. But Pence’s congressional campaign website at one time said he supported the use of federal funding to treat people” seeking to change their sexual behaviour .” In 2006, he said marriage equality would objective in” societal collapse .” And President Donald Trump once reportedly “joked” that Pence wanted to “hang” all LGBTQ people.
” I would absolutely not go out of my lane to meet is someone who I seemed has moved out of their lane to not only show that they aren’t a pal of a lesbian person but that they think that they’re sick, ” Rippon told USA Today . em>
On The Ellen DeGeneres Show Monday, Kenworthy said Pence seemed like a” bad fit” to resulted the U.S. delegation.
“I feel like the Olympics is an issue of inclusion and people coming together, and it seems like it’s not really doing that ,” Kenworthy said.
H/ T Huffington Post