Gay Olympian Adam Rippon was all smiles in photos posted to Twitter on Saturday as he posed with fellow gay Olympian Gus Kenworthy.
Okay so their jumpers are pretty foul but the rest of it is wonderful. Gus tweeted: ‘We’re here. We’re queer. Get used to it’ and he certainly got the attention he was hoping for with 150,000 likes.
— Gus Kenworthy (@guskenworthy) February 9, 2018
Cheeky Gus also posted a tweet with a very naughty chat up line. It read: ‘I wanted the gold medal in Sochi but I settled for silver because I wanted to make sure you come first.’
— Gus Kenworthy (@guskenworthy) February 7, 2018
Hilary Clinton recently tweeted: ‘I’m excited that Adam Rippon and Gus Kenworthy will be the first openly gay Olympians for the American team.’
Meanwhile, nothing from President Trump or Vice President Mike Pence, who are both homophobes.
Kenworthy and Rippon Posted a plucked and polished pic to Instagram poking fun at Pence and telling him to ‘eat your heart out.’
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The #OpeningCeremony is a wrap and the 2018 Winter Olympic Gaymes are officially under way! 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 🇺🇲🏳️🌈
Meanwhile, Gus Kenworthy is also hoping to make new friends, specifically the members of the US men’s bobsled team he revealed in an amusing tweet earlier this week featuring the men in their spandex uniforms.
Them: What are you most excited for in Korea?
Me: Meeting the other athletes… 😈 pic.twitter.com/fbC7v2rc0z
— Gus Kenworthy (@guskenworthy) January 27, 2018
Perhaps it would be a good idea now to stop with the constant attention-seeking tweets and focus on being an Olympian? Or is that not the world we’re living in now?
Okay then. On we go…when asked about being a gay Olympian, Rippon said – with questionable credentials as a man moving LGBT awareness out of the 1970s – ‘it’s exactly like being a straight athlete. Lots of hard work but usually done with better eye brows.’
One thing the two will not be seen doing at the Games however is meeting with Vice President Pence.
Both men have made it clear that they have no interest in chatting with the former Indiana governor, who while running for Congress in 2000 posted a controversial comment on his campaign statement.
‘Congress should support the reauthorization of the Ryan White Care Act only after completion of an audit to ensure that federal dollars were no longer being given to organizations that celebrate and encourage the types of behaviors that facilitate the spreading of the HIV virus,’ read that passage.
Pence is probably not losing much sleep over the snub and there’s no mention of his ever having wanted to meet them so it’s a bit like refusing an invite to a party they weren’t really invited to but hey, it gets the Insta likes so go for it.
A more profound and meaningful result for LGBT+ people around the world will be if the boys have trained and focussed thoroughly enough to win gold in the very top flight of their respective sports.
Good luck to both in trying to be as successful in sport as they are in retweets! That’s what counts.