Gus Kenworthy and Adam Rippon kiss at the Olympics Opening Ceremony: “Eat Your Heart Out, Pence.”
Gus Kenworthy and Adam Rippon, two of Team USA 2018’s out Olympians, posted photos of the twosome snuggling at the PyeongChang Games’ Opening Ceremony, which occurred Friday morning (or Friday night in South Korea).
In January, following the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, Rippon was the first openly gay athlete to qualify for Team USA’s 2018 roster.
Since then, the 28-year-old figure skater has spoken out against the Trump administration and scrutinized the choice of Vice President Mike Pence as one of the U.S. Olympic delegation’s leads. “I would absolutely not go out of my way to meet somebody [whom] I felt has gone out of their way to not only show that they aren’t a friend of a gay person but that they think that they’re sick,” Rippon told USA Today.
In 2014, after the Winter Games in Sochi Games, freeskier Gus Kenworthy came out as gay in a 2015 ESPN The Magazine cover story. (He qualified for PyeongChang a few weeks after Rippon.)
According to NBC Olympics, Kenworthy and Rippon are two of the three (the third being speed skater Brittany Bowe) openly LGBT members of Team USA who will be competing in Pyeongchang.
To show their Pride, Kenworthy and Rippon united during the Opening Ceremony to represent the LGBTQ community. On Twitter, Kenworthy shared three photos with Rippon, including one where he and Rippon share a kiss. The Tweet reads, “We’re here. We’re queer. Get used to it.”
— Gus Kenworthy (@guskenworthy) February 9, 2018
Rippon also shared the photo on both his Twitter and Instagram, along with the Pride flag emoji (among others).