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February 19, 2018

Adam Rippon Answers Tump Jr's Tweet Trying to Fan Flames



 Adam Rippon



Donald Trump Jr. weighed into the feud between U.S. Olympic skater Adam Rippon and Vice President Mike Pence Tuesday night, keeping their apparent disagreements on LGBT rights in the headlines.

Rippon, who is gay, was part of the U.S. team that won bronze in the team figure skating Monday but has repeatedly been quizzed by reporters in Pyeongchang, South Korea, about comments he made that apparently criticized Pence.

Despite insisting in a press conference that he didn't want his "Olympic experience being about Mike Pence," the issue will not go away and a tweet Tuesday night from Donald Trump Jr., the president's son, fanned the flames again.

“Really? Then Perhaps you shouldn’t have spent the past few weeks talking about him. I haven’t heard him mention you once???” Trump Jr. tweeted, in response to a news report covering Rippon's press conference.

{Trump Jr is the one holding the elephant dick{

Rippon has always been vocal with his criticisms of the Vice President. During an interview with USA Today last month, he expressed his distaste at the decision to send Pence as the leader of the U.S. delegation to Pyeongchang.

“You mean Mike Pence, the same Mike Pence that funded gay conversion therapy? I’m not buying it,” Rippon said

He added: “If it were before my event, I would absolutely not go out of my way to meet somebody who I felt has gone out of their way to not only show that they aren’t a friend of a gay person but that they think that they’re sick. I wouldn’t go out of my way to meet somebody like that.”

Rippon was referring to Pence’s congressional campaign website in 2000, where he said resources should be “directed forward those institutions which provide assistance to those seeking to change their sexual behavior.”



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February 14, 2018

Adam Rippon Wins The Hearts of Americans at The Olympics, Openly In Commentaries and Orientation




It’s the quandary that faces every Olympic athlete. 
OK not quite. The Olympics are infamous for providing more condoms than any group of several thousand people could go through in a year, let alone two weeks. 
Yet openly gay figure skater Adam Rippon took to Instagram last week to lament the quality — not necessarily the quantity — of the condoms provided to the athletes by the host committee.
“Like, I’m not entirely sure what I was expecting,” Rippon said, as transcribed by the Huffington Post. “I thought maybe they’d have like Olympic rings on them or they’d be all different colors, but, no. It’s all a myth. 
“And I’m not, like, upset,” he said with a long pause. “I’m disappointed.”
None of this is a surprise coming from Rippon, who has made a name for himself with some Johnny-Weir-esque commentary
The fact that he talked about wanting to have a Xanax and a “quick drink” with the judges after his competition Monday just about explains it.
Rippon won a bronze medal — and the hearts of Americans — with his performance in the team event Sunday night.


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February 12, 2018

Kenworthy Embraces Adam Rippon and His "We r Queer We r Here"


 Gus Kenworthy

 At the Sochi Games, he was the medal-winning athlete who overshadowed that achievement by rescuing five stray dogs. In Pyeongchang, he's vacuuming up attention with his "We're here. We're queer. Get used to it" posts and photos of him kissing skater Adam Rippon, and taking swipes at U.S. Vice President Mike Pence.
Eventually, Gus Kenworthy hopes, he'll be talked about more for his skiing, the insane tricks and risks he and other slopestylers take negotiating the big jumps and zany rails of the Olympic course.
By vigorously embracing an unofficial role as Olympic flag-bearer for the LGBT community, Kenworthy is edging sport closer to the point where being a gay athlete is no longer even an issue.
That, at least, is his plan. But sports' aren't there yet. Proof? Well, for starters: The people who have confided to him at these games that they are gay but haven't yet taken the step he took in 2015 to say so publicly.

 "That's been insane to me, and I think it also just shows that there's a lot more of us," Kenworthy said in an interview Sunday. "But it's still kind of a condemning time and hopefully one day it won't be."
Kenworthy's silver medal in an historic U.S. sweep in slopestyle skiing's Olympic debut in 2014 in some ways took a backseat to his adoption of five Sochi strays , with pop star Miley Cyrus among those who tweeted about his puppies and their mother.
What Kenworthy didn't say was that the dogs' new parents included his boyfriend at the time (who still has two of them; another is with his mother). But the experience of competing at the Sochi Games, which shone a spotlight on homophobia in Russia, proved to be a watershed in his decision the following year to come out. 
"Just being there, I realized how important it is to have representation," he said. "That was like the beginning of the end for me in the closet."
Among his concerns were that he'd lose sponsors. The opposite has proved true.
"Brands actually want diversity and there's not a lot of diversity at the Winter Olympics," he said.
Kenworthy and Rippon say their tweets from the opening ceremony weren't pre-planned. But their large social media followings ensured buzz .
"We kind of looked at each other and said, 'We really should march in together,'" Rippon says. "I admire Gus so much for coming out in an X-Games sport and really showing the world who he is. We're kind of bonded for life."
Kenworthy said the posts elicited "the most negatives responses that I've ever gotten," which is partly why he's no longer checking his inbox so regularly in Pyeongchang, and that he gets messages from "people wishing me to fall during my runs, wishing me to get hurt, whatever it is."
"It's hard. It's hard to read those. But I think you just have to take it with a grain of salt," he said.
But he inspires, too, with a steady stream of messages from people telling him that he's giving them courage. Some are kids, "feeling suicidal," he said. He said he takes time to respond to them.
Although he's keen to medal again in Pyeongchang, Kenworthy says the mark he most wants to leave is for the LGBT cause.
"Myself being out, Adam being out, all these athletes that are finally out for the first time, I think it just shows a shift and a change and hopefully it means that in the future it won't be a big thing. It won't be a headline. It won't be 'the gay Olympian,' 'the gay skier, the gay anything. It will just be 'a skier.'"
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AP Sports Writer Dave Skretta in Pyeongchang contributed. Follow AP Sports Columnist John Leicester on Twitter at @johnleicester.
More AP Olympic coverage: https://wintergames.ap.org

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January 9, 2018

First Openly Gay Man Going to Winter Olympics {Adam Rippon}



 (Twitter)
 

Adam Rippon, a 28-year-old figure skater, will be the first openly gay man to compete for the United States in the Winter Olympics.

Despite a disappointing fourth-place performance at the U.S. figure skating championships Saturday night, Rippon was selected to join Nathan Chen and Vincent Zhou in Pyeongchang next month.

"I'm really grateful that the selection committee looked at my body of work over the last two seasons," Rippon told reporters on Sunday.

The committee's decision wasn't without controversy. Rippon's selection edged out Ross Miner, who placed second in the national championship. U.S. Figure Skating President Sam Auxier said the athletes' track records in international competitions were a deciding factor.

But for Rippon, who was the U.S. national champion in 2016, the road to Pyeongchang has been a long one. This year will be the 28-year-old's Olympic debut — more than 80 years since an American man his age competed as a rookie, according to The Washington Post.

"I don't really care what other people think of me. I'm able to go out there and I'm really able to be unabashedly myself," he said. "I want somebody who's young, who's struggling, who's not sure if it's OK if they are themselves to know that it's OK."

And depending on how the roster for the U.S. ski team shapes up, Rippon may end up sharing his historic moment.

U.S. freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy came out publicly in 2015, a year after he took silver in the 2014 Sochi Olympics. Kenworthy will find out later this month whether he heads to Pyeongchang.

A third gay athlete, luger John Fennell, had also been vying for a spot on Team USA, but a sled malfunction slashed his chance at qualifying in December.

Figure skater Johnny Weir faced speculation about his sexuality while competing in 2006 and 2010, but he avoided questions on the matter. In 2011, he publicly confirmed that he was gay in his memoir, Welcome to My World.

Despite the gain in LGBTQ representation this winter, the Olympics contend with a dearth of openly queer athletes. The U.S. hasn't sent an openly gay man to the Summer Olympics in 14 years — since equestrians Robert Dover and Guenter Seidel competed in 2004.

But come February, a global audience will get the chance to know Rippon, who's built a reputation as an unapologetic, highly entertaining skater.

"A few weeks ago, I was asked in an interview ... what was it like being a gay athlete in sports. And I said it's exactly like being a straight athlete. Only with better eyebrows," Rippon said.

August 29, 2017

American Olympic Swimming Team Member David Torrence Found Dead




David Torrence, seen here during the 2014 Penn Relays at Franklin Field in Philadelphia, has died in Scottsdale, Ariz.Icon Sports Wire/Corbis via Getty Images

David Torrence, an athlete who ran in last year's Summer Olympics and had been training for more races, was found dead in a swimming pool in Scottsdale, Ariz., on Monday, according to local news reports and Torrence's friends.
"The track world lost a great friend and athlete today," USA Track & Field said in a tweet about the 31-year-old runner's death.Torrence, a popular member of America's running community, was found at the bottom of an apartment complex's pool Monday morning, the Arizona Republic reports, citing Scottsdale police. 
A cause of death has not been reported; his death is under investigation.A California native, Torrence was a middle-distance runner who holds the American indoor record for the 1,000 meters. From 2009 to 2011, he won three straight USATF Road Mile titles. 
Torrence won silver medals at the 2014 IAAF World Relay Championships and the 2015 Pan American Games."Today we lost an amazing athlete and an even greater friend," Kyle Merber, another elite runner and a friend of Torrence, said via Twitter.Merber added, "I was going to pick David up at the airport in a few days to come to my house like he does every September. He was going for #3 this year." 

August 14, 2017

Olympian Ian Thorpe (openly gay) Berates MP for Position on Gay Marriage




SWIMMING great Ian Thorpe has had a spray at Canberra politicians berating them for not “doing their job” when it comes to same-sex marriage.
The Olympian, who came out as gay in 2014, told news.com.au he feared a “heated” debate in the run up to a postal plebiscite could see some young people struggling with their sexuality pushed further into the closet.
On Sunday, Thorpe threw his weight behind the campaign for a yes vote for same-sex marriage. Joined by his partner Ryan Channing, he headed down to Sydney’s City2Surf fun run to encourage people to ensure their details were current on the electoral roll.
Swimming legend Ian Thorpe talks to runners in Sydney’s City2Surf about same-sex marriage on Sydney morning. Picture: AAP Image/Daniel Munoz.
Swimming legend Ian Thorpe talks to runners in Sydney’s City2Surf about same-sex marriage on Sydney morning. Picture: AAP Image/Daniel Munoz.Source:AAP 
The Australian Electoral Commission has given people until 24 August to check they are registered to vote and their address is correct with ballot papers for a postal plebiscite on the issue due to be sent out in September.
“My preference would be for there not to be a vote; it’s not necessary,” he said.
“The goalposts have moved again but we’ll get behind it and I encourage people to vote.”
The postal vote is still not certain to go ahead. The High Court will hear two legal challenges in early September just days before ballot papers hit mailboxes around the country.
Nevertheless, the Government is confident the poll will proceed. If the plebiscite delivers a “yes”, the Coalition has said a free vote will take place in Parliament. Although some MPs have said regardless of the result they will vote against marriage equality.
If the postal poll delivers a “no”, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has said the Government won’t proceed with a marriage vote among MPs.
Thorpe said it the whole $122 million process was unnecessary.
“We could have had this already if politicians just did their job but now we have to speak very loudly and clearly that Australians support marriage equality.”
Ian Thorpe with is partner Ryan Channing.
Ian Thorpe with is partner Ryan Channing.Source: ABC
The anti-bullying advocate said he was concerned about the debate’s effect on young gay and lesbian Australians.
“When you look at the referendum that took place in Ireland, it actually pushed some people further back into the closet when they heard family or friends didn’t support this change.
“This campaign could become quite heated and although I hope it doesn’t get to that point I worry that it will,” he told news.com.au.
On Sunday, Senior Liberal Josh Frydenberg confirmed he supported same-sex marriage and will be encouraging as many people as possible in his electorate to participate in the postal plebiscite and vote “yes”.
It comes as confusion reigns within the cabinet as to whether ministers could overtly campaign for either side of the marriage debate. The Australian reported senior ministers, including Mr. Turnbull, would talk about their position on the issue, respond to media questions and encourage people to vote, but not push a position.
Mr. Frydenberg looked to have a bet both ways. “When it comes to my broader position in terms of campaigning on this issue, I have bigger fish to fry and that is energy policy and that will be my priority in the weeks and the months ahead,” he told Sky News on Sunday.
Education Minister Simon Birmingham said he had received no such instruction about campaigning and would be backing yes.
“I will be doing everything I possibly can to encourage Australians to vote “yes”, to support love over fear, to show respect over intolerance.
Former Prime Minister Tony Abbott and conservative Senator Eric Abetz are shaping up as the chief cheerleaders for the campaign to keep the current definition of civil marriage.
— with AAP.

August 15, 2016

Women’s Olympic Basketball Players Hope for More Acceptance in NBA



 

 Less than a week after the subtle revelation that WNBA MVP Elena Delle Donneis gay  -- the third paragraph of an Aug. 4 story in Vogue magazine that didn’t even mention the news in the headline -- the story had all but died.
There were no follow-ups about how her Chicago Sky teammates might handle the situation when the Rio Olympics end or what it might mean for the LGBT community. This is nothing new in women’s basketball, where coming out is common and acceptance widespread.
Jason Collins becoming the first active NBA player to come out more than three years ago – and the only one since – this was not.
So after answering a few questions from reporters at the start of the Games, Delle Donne went back to the challenge of winning a gold medal with the Americans in her inaugural trip to the Games.
“It’s been normal,” Delle Donne said this week. “Nothing crazy. Obviously a couple of people wanting to talk about it here and there. A lot of support. It’s been really nothing too crazy, which is great. That’s where I hope our society moves to, where it’s not a story. It’s normal.
“I would love to see that (sort of support in the NBA), if there are any (gay men). No one should have to hide who they are.”
Yet as it stands, it appears they still do.
MEDAL COUNT


  • United States
    66
    26
    20
    20

  • China
    44
    14
    13
    17

  • Great Britain
    37
    14
    16
    7

  • While the NBA is progressive on this front – reconfirmed recently when it decided to move the All Star game out of Charlotte because of a North Carolina law that eliminated some protections for the LGBT community – the fact remains that no player since Collins has felt comfortable enough to come out. And that, as their female counterparts see it, is something that needs to change not only in basketball but men’s sports across the board.
    “I would love to see more (come out) on the men’s side, more players feel comfortable to come out,” said Phoenix Mercury star Brittney Griner, the former No. 1 pick who came out in an April 2013 Sports Illustrated article that was met with similar shrugs. “But I also understand it because as a player, I’ve been that person where it’s really hard to come out. It’s super hard. You’re just not comfortable with it. You’re worried about not being accepted, being rejected, being cast out. It’s tough. It’s really tough.”
    While projections vary greatly on the percentage of gay men in the population worldwide, the odds are that there are somewhere between a handful and at least a few dozen gay NBA players among the 450 total. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has estimated in recent years that approximately 2% of American men are gay, but 10% has long since become the unofficial standard estimate. In between, a 2012 Gallup poll indicated that 3.3% of more-than-1,200 subjects interviewed said they identified as gay, bi-sexual or transgender. As Charles Barkley put it in a May 2013 interview, “Everybody (in the NBA) has played with a gay teammate.”
    Yet it seems as if Collins (who retired 18 months after coming out) and former Utah Jazz player John Amaechi (who came out long after retirement) were the only ones to fit the description since the league’s inception in 1946. Meanwhile, there are four openly gay players on the women’s basketball Olympic team alone: Delle Donne, Griner, Seimone Augustus of the Minnesota Lynx, and Angel McCoughtry of the Atlanta Dream.

    , USA TODAY Sports

    May 28, 2015

    Kazakhstan Brakes on Anti gay Legislation so it can get the Olympics


                                                                               

    ASTANA -- Kazakhstan has put the brakes on proposed antigay legislation that threatened to derail its dream of hosting the Winter Olympics. 
    The bill, which mirrored Russia's controversial law banning so-called gay propaganda and had already passed both houses of the Kazakh parliament, was recently shot down by a panel vetting the legislation's constitutionality.
    The Constitutional Council announced on May 26 that it rejected the bill last week on the grounds that it contained "vague and ambiguous definitions and terms."
    The rare rejection left it unclear whether the bill is effectively dead, could be sent back to parliament for revision, or revived after the fact, providing Kazakhstan is chosen to host the 2022 Winter Olympics.
    When the bill was first proposed in August by the lower house of parliament, or Mazhilis, it was sold as a means of protecting children by banning the dissemination of "propaganda of homosexuality among minors." After clearing the Mazhilis, it was approved by the upper house in February.
    The proposal attracted negative attention just as Kazakhstan was trying to generate excitement over Almaty's bid to host the 2022 Winter Olympics in Almaty.
    The same day that the constitutional ruling was announced, Kazakhstan reportedly attracted millions to the streets of major cities to celebrate Olympics Day, sponsored by the state in order to support Almaty 2022. Beijing, China -- widely considered to be the favorite to win the bid -- is the only other potential host left in the running.
    International human rights organizations, including Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International, have condemned the bill.
    Earlier this month, a group of former Olympic, Paralympic, and professional athletes sent a letter to International Olympic Committee(IOC) President Thomas Bach expressing their concerns.
    The letter campaign was organized by Athlete Ally, a group that fights for gay athletes' rights. Diver Greg Louganis, tennis player Martina Navratilova, hockey player Sean Avery, soccer players Megan Rapinoe and Robbie Rogers and other prominent athletes signed the letter.
    "In light of Kazakhstan’s aspirations to host the 2022 Olympic Winter Games and their recent consideration of legislation prohibiting 'propaganda of nontraditional sexual orientation,' we urge the IOC to reiterate to Kazakh authorities that discrimination with regard to sexual orientation is incompatible with belonging to the Olympic movement," the letter said.
    According to the May 26 announcement, the Constitutional Committee rejected the bill on May 18, just days after the athletes' letter was sent.
    Although Kazakhstan and other former Soviet republics decriminalized homosexuality in the early 1990s, hostility against gays and lesbians remains rife there and across other post-Soviet states.
    Russia's law banning so-called gay propaganda was adopted in 2013, putting the legislation in the spotlight when the country hosted the Winter Olympics in Sochi in 2014. 
    The Kyrgyz parliament is currently considering similar legislation.
    The IOC is expected to announce the winning bidder for the 2022 Winter Olympics in Kuala Lumpur on July 31.
    Radio Free Europe

    November 29, 2014

    2015 Pa Am Games Are Promised to be Gay Friendly for both Athletes and Fans



    This is a post from The Canadian Press
    During the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games, Pridehouse Toronto wants to encourage the LGBTQ community to participate fully in the event.
    During the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games, Pridehouse Toronto wants to encourage the LGBTQ community to participate fully in the event.
    Olympic gymnast Kris Burley remained in the closet throughout his career.
    The international sporting environment was too hostile a place for a gay athlete.
    “From my perspective, to be the best athlete that you can be, and to reach your objectives, you have to be able to be yourself,” Burley said. “And my personal experience is . . . it wasn’t a comfortable and open environment for me. And it was really challenging. And I know that’s shared by a lot of athletes that have similar stories.”
    When Toronto hosts the Pan American Games next summer, Burley said it will mark the first time the organizing committee has worked in partnership with the local gay community.
    “That sends a real message I think, a real leadership message to set a higher standard for inclusion,” Burley said.
    The Truro, N.S., native was the emcee for Friday’s announcement by PrideHouse Toronto of what it has planned for the Pan Am and Parapan Am Games.
    Those plans include a “celebration zone” in the city’s Church-Wellesley Village, with family activities such as pick-up sports games.
    The 519 Church Street Community Centre will be turned into a Pan Am pavilion, with “a safe space for people to watch the Games as well as celebrate athletes and inclusion in sports,” said PrideHouse spokesperson Ryan Tollofson.
    There will be a PrideHouse presence at other Games sites, with 16 ambassadors from across Ontario, who have been trained to be able to address questions about the importance of inclusion in sport.
    There has never been a PrideHouse at a Pan Am Games, Tollofson said. In fact, 11 Pan American countries still criminalize LGBTQ activity.
    “We want to set an example for what inclusion in sport can be,” Tollofson said. “We’re very fortunate in Canada to have a country where we have a lot of rights and protections as gay folks, as LGBTQ people, and so we want to be able to demonstrate that to the world. The main goal of PrideHouse is to make the Pan Am Games the most inclusive multi-sport Games in history.”
    Burley competed for Canada at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, and then the 1999 Pan Am Games in Winnipeg, retiring that same year.
    The former gymnast said that while Canada is an international leader in LGBTQ rights, sports still remains behind other areas of society in terms of inclusion.
    “You can see that from all the media (attention) that comes from every athlete that comes out, beginning with (NBA player) Jason Collins right through to Michael Sam (the first publicly gay athlete to be drafted into the NFL) and some of the other athletes,” Burley said.
    He explained that Toronto’s PrideHouse for the Pan Am Games isn’t about a “bricks-and-mortar building where people say, ‘OK, that’s where the gays are going to participate in the Games.’ ”
    It’s also about including Toronto communities, as well as encouraging the LGBTQ community to participate fully in the Games.
    “We’re not quite there yet in sport, I think we’re a little bit behind,” Burley said. “But this is a good step in the right direction, and it sets a good precedent and I’m hoping that future organizing committees with all adopt the same thing, and it will just be standard that the LGBTQ component and diversity in general gets incorporated as part of every Games going forward.”
    The Pan Am Games are July 10-26, while the Parapan Am Games are Aug. 7-15.
    By: Lori Ewing The Canadian Press,

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