His name is Adam Rippon and he’s the first openly gay Winter Olympian. He’s a figure skater who is poised to compete in the Winter Olympics in Peyongchang, South Korea. Can’t say I blame him for rejecting any interviews with the Vice President. After all, despite the claims of the Vice Presidential staff, he is notoriously anti-gay. If I were Adam Rippon, there would never be an interview even post-Olympics.
Adam Rippon, the first openly gay athlete to win a place on the US Winter Olympics team, turned down an invitation to meet Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday, the second time he’s done so.
“I don’t want to distract from the competition or make this too much for my competitors and my teammates,” the figure skater, 28, said on Thursday.
I know we here in the US have it bad with all of the Ultra Conservatives all but calling for us to be burned at the stake, but we should remember that for the most part, we do have it better than those of our sisters and brothers in other countries.
Seoul, South Korea (CNN)Micky Kim remembers the day two years ago when he married Tony Ruse in California.
“All the people from City Hall suddenly came out and congratulated us,” he recalls.
“People who I don’t know are congratulating our marriage. But in (South) Korea, no-one even knows my marriage and I couldn’t even tell my family.”
As far as Micky’s relatives know, Tony is just his business partner at their recording studio in Seoul, South Korea’s capital.
When asked about his personal life at recent family event, Micky had his lines ready to go.
“It felt like I couldn’t breathe because now I had to suddenly pretend I’m a different person,” he recalls. “I put on this persona, and like ‘OK, I have a girlfriend and it’s been a year.’ I create these fake stories to cover up.”
He says he did the same thing when he worked as an intern at a major South Korean company.