Gay Olympian Adam Rippon Says He Wouldn’t Be Welcome At The White House

Figure skater Adam Rippon, who recently became the first openly gay man to qualify for the U.S. Winter Olympics team, shares his thoughts on the Trump administration in a new interview with the BBC.

While U.S. team members traditionally receive invitations to the White House after the Olympics, Rippon, 28, isn’t so sure he’ll accept. “I don’t think somebody like me would be welcome there,” he says. “I know what it’s like to go into a room and feel like you’re not wanted.”

“I think it’s important that we stand up for what we believe in and we speak out against thinks that we think are wrong and unjust,” Rippon continues. “If I talked to people the way that President Trump talks to people, my mom would kick my ass.”

“I can’t believe I am where I am today,” Rippon told reporters last week after learning that he would compete next month at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. “I was just a little gay kid in the middle of nowhere Pennsylvania. Growing up I didn’t have a lot of role models. I said if I was ever given a platform and had a chance I would share my story.”

Rippon came out publicly in 2015, telling Skating magazine he wanted to send a message “to the dad out there who might be concerned that his son is a figure skater.”

“When athletes come out and say that they’re gay, it makes it a little more normal and less of a big deal—especially in the athletic community,” he added. “You have a lot of respect for your fellow athletes for working hard toward a goal. Their sexual orientation takes a backseat to that.”

Rippon recently tweeted that being a gay athlete is “exactly like being a straight athlete. Lots of hard work but usually done with better eye brows.”

Last month Rippon’s straightforward sass made headlines when he explained how he shook off a dislocated shoulder to compete in a 2017 Skate America event, telling NBC News, “I shimmied it back into place, and I said: ’You know what? I want my money. I want my check. I’m going to finish this program and I’m going to be awesome,’ and that’s what I did.”

Freeskier Gus Kenworthy, who came out publicly as gay after winning the silver at the 2014 Sochi Games, will find out if he qualifies for Pyeongchang on January 22. Kenworthy has already confirmed that he won’t accept a White House invite from Trump: “I have no interest in faking support.”

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