Published: Thu, February 15, 2018
IT | By Lester Massey

Gay Winter Olympian Adam Rippon says he would now meet Mike Pence

Gay Winter Olympian Adam Rippon says he would now meet Mike Pence

"And the more that we have that, the more normalized queer becomes, the easier it is for people to wrap their heads around it and the more we will see positive change".

Anyway, this year is all about the first explicitly openly gay male figure skater in US Olympic history - Adam Rippon - who already has the team skate bronze medal under his belt.

The photos were shared on social media where they've since racked up thousands of likes.

The 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi was one strife with controversy and tension as the eyes of the world narrowed on the homophobic regime of Russian Federation, which was famously disputed by the USA team entering the opening ceremony in rainbow uniforms, an instant iconic moment.

The 26-year-old told Reuters on Sunday he was excited about representing the United States as well as the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community at the ongoing Games in South Korea. "Eat your heart out, Pence." wrote Gus Kenworthy in the caption.

The British-born freestyle skier told an American T.V. show last week that Pence was ill-suited to lead the USA delegation and posted a dig at the former IN governor on Instagram after Friday's opening ceremony. In an appearance on the Ellen DeGeneres Show prior to the games, Kenworthy said the vice president was a "bad fit" for the Olympics delegation. I don't think that I have any inclination toward a meeting. So I go out there and I'm not only representing myself, I'm representing my coaches, I'm representing my country and I'm representing my teammates.

"You mean Mike Pence, the same Mike Pence that funded gay conversion therapy?"

Pence has been accused of being anti-gay, having signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which activists warned could allow businesses in IN to decline services to gay people on the basis of religion.Pence tweeted to Rippon last week, declaring any reports that he at one time supported gay conversion therapy are "fake news". The Vice President has dismissed claims of any tension between him, Kenworthy and Rippon, calling suggestions he doesn't support them "fake news".

"I think I've kind of made my opinion on the matter pretty clear", he said.

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