US’s first openly gay Olympic champ was just asked if he’ll visit Trump. His answer is gold

 Bronze Medal winner Adam Rippon -America’s first openly gay Olympic champion – will boycott the traditional post-games Olympic team party at the White House – he told the Daily Mail today, to protest the “homophobic” Trump administration.

“No, I have no desire to go to the White House. But I would like to do something to help my community” said Rippon to the Daily Mail.

Rippon, who has already refused to meet with the American Vice President while both are in Pyeongchang, had previously said he opposed the choice of Mike Pence to lead the U.S. delegation to the winter Olympic games in South Korea because of his anti-gay stance and his support for gay conversion therapy in the past.

Pence has denied he supported gay conversion therapy but has been outspoken in his opposition to the LGBTQ lifestyle and to any marriage that is not between a man and a woman.

Rippon has emerged as one of the real heroes of the Olympic games so far for his brilliance ice skating – which won him a bronze medal as part of Team USA already – and for the 28-year-olds poise and openness about his views on being gay. 

“I have always spoken my mind but at the same time I have always spoken from the heart,” Rippon said over the weekend. “I have a great story. I want people to get to know me, but today is about this awesome group of people (his U.S. teammates).”

The skating phenom who began trending as number one on Twitter after he did his routine flawlessly on Sunday and is expected to sake at least twice more at the games.

Rippon said he hopes to hold his own public event at the same time as the White House party for Olympic athletes,

He said he wants “to support my community” by highlighting his campaign against homophobia and for gay rights.

“I have kind of spoken out a lot,” Rippon told the Daily Mail, “and I’d like to do something positive and not just stay at home.”

Rippon was asked by Time Magazine if his decision not to meet with Pence and his comments have distracted him from the reason he came to the Olympics?

“You know,” he answered, “I’ve worked my entire life for this moment, but more than that, my mom has always taught me to stand up for what I believe in and that has given my skating a greater purpose.

“So I go out there and I’m not only representing myself,” continued Rippon, “I’m representing my coaches, I’m representing my country and I’m representing my teammates.”

“So I remember that,” he added, “and that’s how I stay focused.”

He has been a joy to watch on the ice and has proven to be a strong, confident man off the ice, which gives the lie to the anti-gay attitudes of small minded people like Trump and Pence.

The fact Rippon now plans to ignore an invitation from the White House just adds to his lore and once again shines a spotlight on the unacceptable views of America’s  homophobic, prejudiced, insensitive egomaniac-in-chief and his subservient vice president. 

That in itself should win Rippon a gold medal in the court of public opinion.

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Benjamin Locke

Benjamin Locke is a retired college professor with an undergraduate degree in Industrial Labor and Relations from Cornell University and an MBA from the European School of Management.


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