Here are five times LGBT athletes made us proud at this year’s Winter Olympics.
1. When Eric Radford became the first out gay man to win a gold medal at the Winter Olympics.
Radford competed in the Pairs Figure Skating event with partner Meagan Duhamel for Team Canada, winning the gold for their performance set to Adele’s ‘Hometown’.
Radford came out the same year he competed in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia, where he won silver.
2. When speed-skater Ireen Wüst won her fifth gold medal.
Bisexual ice skater Ireen Wüst has been the most successful speed skater in Olympic history, as well as the most successful athlete of the Netherlands at the Olympics and the youngest ever Dutch Olympic champion in Winter Games history.
Wüst won the gold at the Winter Olympic on February 19. This marked Wüst’s fourth Winter Olympics, after winning medals in the 2006 (when she was only 19), 2010 and 2014 games.
3. When Gus Kenworthy threw some major shade at Mike Pence.
After breaking his thumb during a practice session, freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy announced via Twitter that the incident wouldn’t prevent him from competing. In the same tweet, the athlete took the opportunity to throw a pretty epic dig at VP Mike Pence, saying that this will, however, prevent him from shaking Pence’s hand.
This is the last episode of an ongoing feud between Kenworthy and the US Vice-President, following claims that Pence is a supporter of “gay conversion therapy”.
Broke my thumb yesterday in practice. It won't stop me from competing (obvi) but it does prevent me from shaking Pence's hand so… Silver linings! Will be giving my teammates (and literally everyone else) an enthusiastic "thumbs up!" of encouragement the rest of the trip. pic.twitter.com/XylPPGAq9P
— Gus Kenworthy (@guskenworthy) February 15, 2018
4. When Adam Rippon opened up about the support letters from LGBT+ teens.
Rippon, who defined himself as “a glamazon bitch ready for the runway” in response to homophobes who wished he failed, received an outpouring of support from LGBT+ youth who have been inspired by his Olympic victory.
In a recent interview, he opened up and got emotional about one particular letter from a fan, struggling because his family doesn’t accept him for being gay.
5. When Gus Kenworthy kissed his boyfriend on live TV during the Olympics.
Kenworthy, who recently appeared in a cheeky and funny video for Cosmopolitan alongside some of his teammates, shared a kiss with boyfriend Matthew Wilkas and was caught on camera, making live TV history.
Following the live broadcast, many celebrities took to Twitter to express their support:
So proud of #TeamUSA!! Hey @guskenworthy, gimme, gimme more on the slopes today!! #ItsGusBitch ??⛷
— Britney Spears (@britneyspears) February 17, 2018
The kiss that @guskenworthy planted on his boyfriend @MattWilkas was one of the most significant things broadcast by @NBC so far these #Olympics https://t.co/WlAgM5edYb
— Outsports (@outsports) February 18, 2018
LOVE is normal. LOVE is natural. LOVE is humanity’s greatest gift to the world. Thank you for sharing yours with such pride @GusKenworthy. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/hWISRQjfl1
— Dustin Lance Black (@DLanceBlack) February 18, 2018
A kiss from his boyfriend from the top of the slope and a wave of rainbow flags at the bottom! Gus Kenworthy, you're making so many LGBT Americans so very proud of you!!! ?️??? #Olympics #ItsGusBitch
— Rusty Hatchell (@rustyhatchell) February 18, 2018
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