Adam Rippon Rejects Meeting VP Twice

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.

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Obama Picks Openly Gay Delegates For Winter Olympics

Well, well, well Mr President. I must applaud you for this step. A very bold move.

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Tuesday announced his delegates to the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. And, in what may be a thumb in the eye to Russian President Vladimir Putin over his crackdown on gay rights, two of Obama’s delegates are openly gay.

Billie Jean King, the tennis legend, and Caitlin Cahow, an Olympic medalist in women’s ice hockey, are both part of the U.S. delegation. Both are out lesbians.

Another member of the U.S. delegation, figure skating Olympic medalist Brian Boitano, routinely declines to answer questions about his sexuality, saying “everybody’s got their own path” to discovering who they are.

Others in the delegation include University of California President Janet Napolitano, the former Homeland Security secretary; U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul; White House Deputy Chief of Staff Rob Nabors; Deputy Secretary of State William Burns, and speed skating Olympic medalists Bonnie Blair and Eric Heiden.

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Short Film Imagines What It Could Be Like For A Gay Olympian To Win In Sochi

There’s a link to the film on the original story post on BuzzFeed.

This February, athletes from all around the world will compete in the Winter Olympic Games in Russia. But Russia’s anti-gay propaganda laws threaten to make any LGBT visibility illegal. So, what will happen if an out athlete becomes an Olympic champion? What possible consequences could be faced from celebrating a victory with a loved one? All Out, an organization which focuses on LGBT issues, tackles these questions in a short film released today entitled “Love Always Wins.” The film depicts a figure skater receiving the gold medal and in the arena she sees the only person she wants to share the moment with. In a flash, she also realizes that this simple act is an impossibility for her.

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American Runner Dedicates Moscow Silver Medal To His Gay Friends

Maybe this is a sign that we don’t need to boycott or relocate the Olympics next year because American athletes (and I’m sure others from other countries) will stand up to Russia’s government and their Draconian policies. Granted, Mr Symmonds said he will do everything short of being arrested, but I don’t believe that being arrested is going to make me doubt his (or anyone’s) belief in LGBT rights.

American track and field star Nick Symmonds has become the first athlete to criticize Russia’s new anti-gay laws while competing on Russian soil.

After he won a silver medal at the World Championships yesterday, Symmonds told R-Sport he was dedicating the win to his gay and lesbian friends.

He said, “As much as I can speak out about it, I believe that all humans deserve equality as however God made them. Whether you’re gay, straight, black, white, we all deserve the same rights. If there’s anything I can do to champion the cause and further it, I will, shy of getting arrested.”

Five months before the Winter Olympics in Sochi, worries continue to grow about how the laws will impact athletes.

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Russian anti-gay laws impact Olympics, vodka sales

Well I don’t drink vodka at all so I can’t stop buying what I have never bought, but I understand the sentiment. I think the main goal is to protect athletes from other countries who may go to Sochi and be arrested for being gay. I’d have serious second thoughts if I were an athlete training for the Olympics.

I don’t agree with the in-your-face tactics of a gay-pride parade, but I think gestures by individual athletes would be more than acceptable.

NEW YORK (AP) — Russian vodka and the Winter Olympics in Sochi. For now, those are the prime targets as gays in the United States and elsewhere propose boycotts and other tactics to convey their outrage over Russia’s intensifying campaign against gay-rights activism.

At many gay bars across North America, owners have joined a campaign to stop selling Russian vodka – notably the popular brand Stolichnaya. Activists also are pressing the International Olympic Committee and NBC, which holds U.S. broadcasting rights for Sochi, to be more aggressive in criticizing new Russian laws.

So far, there have been only scattered calls for a full-fledged boycott of the Sochi Games, but there is active discussion of how to convey gay-rights messages once the competition begins – including gestures by individual athletes and perhaps a gay-pride parade.

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