I hope that everyone, regardless of their sexual orientation, has their own coming out experience,” Adam said in his acceptance speach.
“When you can share who you are with the world you will find great power.” “When I was little, I used to care so much about what others thought of me. I was afraid that I wouldn’t be welcomed by the LGBTQ community because someone like me wouldn’t be the role model they were looking for. In a wide-ranging interview with reporter Amy Rosewater in an issue of SKATING magazine, Rippon revealed his sexual orientation. What defines me is what my mom always taught me: to treat everyone with respect, to always be a hard worker and to be kind.
The out gay figure skater became our hero during the Olympics, both for his achievements on the ice and for standing up for gay rights.
Related: Gus Kenworthy Kisses Boyfriend Live On TV Adam did not only bring back the bronze medal from the Olympics, he also put a powerful spotlight on the current administration’s anti-gay politics by publicly criticizing Vice President Mike Pence.
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At a gala dinner in Los Angeles, gay skier Gus Kenworthy presented Adam with the Human Rights Campaign Visibility Award.
“It was such an incredible pleasure and an honor to stand beside him as two out, proud gay athletes representing the United States,” Gus said.