Gus Kenworthy claims that he is fine with the moniker “the gay skier”.
26-year-old Kenworthy called himself a “coward” for hiding who he was during his first Olympic experience, but he’s looking forward to the opportunity to represent the LGBTQ community this time around in South Korea. Kenworthy:
“I’ve got more eyeballs on me. My platform’s a lot bigger. I signed a bunch of Olympic sponsors and I have the LGBTQ audience watching me, and I want to do right by them.”
Kenworthy stated that “doing right” means representing America without supporting the POTUS. Kenworthy has been particularly outspoken on Trump’s administration, which he believes has forced the LGBTQ community to take a step backwards after the progressive policies of Barack Obama’s administration.
He says that he would not accept a White House invite if he medals in Pyeongchang:
“I won’t go. I have no interest in going and faking support. I’m proud to be competing for the U.S. I’m proud to be an American, but I don’t want to show any support for that cabinet. I don’t want to go shake his hand.”
Kenworthy sent Mike Pence a not-so-subtle message from the Opening Ceremony at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang.
Pence attended the ceremony as the ceremonial head of the United States delegation. Kenworthy told the vice president to “eat your heart out” in the caption of a picture on Instagram with gay figure skater Adam Rippon.
Kenworthy made international headlines when he and his boyfriend stayed behind in Russia for more than a month after the closing ceremonies as they fought to secure permits and paperwork to finalize the adoption of the homeless dogs.