A U.S. Olympic skier went fully Johnny Blaze “flame-on” to promote his homosexuality in expressing his opposition to Vice President Mike Pence’s leadership of the 2018 U.S. Olympic delegation to South Korea, in light of fake news reports that Pence supports conversion therapy for homosexuals.
Pence has responded to the matter by advising in tweets not to believe what he called “fake news” about his beliefs surrounding conversion therapy, stating to one homosexual Olympian that he is “proud” of him and is “for” him as an athlete, as he is for all Americans competing.
“I feel incredibly honored to be here in Korea competing for the US and I’m so proud to be representing the LGBTQ community alongside this amazing guy! Eat your heart out, Pence. #TeamUSA #TeamUSGay,” freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy posted to Instagram on Friday, sharing a photo of himself with openly homosexual figure skater Adam Rippon.
Tonight I walked in the #OpeningCeremony and got to watch my old friend @Yunaaaa light the Olympic flame. Representing the USA is one of the greatest honors of my life and being able to do it as my authentic self makes it all so much sweeter 🇺🇸🏳️🌈🏆🌎❤️🔥 pic.twitter.com/ZypvWkUBjD
— Adam Rippon (@Adaripp) February 9, 2018
The day prior, Kenworthy posted several photographs of himself with Rippon to Twitter, including one where he kissed Rippon on the cheek.
“We’re here. We’re queer. Get used to it. @Adaripp #Olympics #OpeningCeremony,” he tweeted.
— Gus Kenworthy (@guskenworthy) February 9, 2018
Rippon also posted a photo of himself with his arm around Kenworthy, writing, “Representing the USA is one of the greatest honors of my life and being able to do it as my authentic self makes it all so much sweeter.”
A number of the other posts on the men’s social media pages prior to the event include sensual images of their bodies, or reference their homosexuality, with Kenworthy posing completely naked for one uncensored backside photograph.
Rippon had told USA Today last month that he was unhappy that Pence was chosen to lead the Olympic delegation and stated that he didn’t want to run into him at the meet-and-greet, due to Pence’s beliefs regarding homosexuality—specifically, claims that Pence supports conversion therapy.
You mean Mike Pence, the same Mike Pence that funded gay conversion therapy?” he asked.
“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,” Rippon said. “I wouldn’t go out of my way to meet somebody like that.”
Pence tagged Rippon on Twitter on Wednesday to advise that reports about him supporting conversion therapy are “fake news.” He said he is simply supportive of the men in their Olympic quests.
“@Adaripp I want you to know we are FOR YOU,” he wrote (caps in original.) “Don’t let fake news distract you. I am proud of you and ALL OF OUR GREAT athletes and my only hope for you and all of #TeamUSA is to bring home the gold. Go get ‘em!”
.@Adaripp I want you to know we are FOR YOU. Don’t let fake news distract you. I am proud of you and ALL OF OUR GREAT athletes and my only hope for you and all of #TeamUSA is to bring home the gold. Go get ‘em!
— Vice President Mike Pence (@VP) February 8, 2018
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