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Adam Rippon and Gus Kenworthy are two of the out LGBT players competing at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Last night at the opening ceremonies, the pair were the sheer definition of gay BFF goals, and we’re loving it.
Kenworthy shared an adorable series of photos on his Twitter including one of him planting a kiss on the out figure skater. He tweeted: “We’re here. We’re queer. Get used to it.”
On Instagram, he wrote: “The #OpeningCeremony is a wrap and the 2018 Winter Olympic Gaymes are officially under way! I feel incredibly honored to be here in Korea competing for the US and I’m so proud to be representing the LGBTQ community alongside this amazing guy! Eat your heart out, Pence. #TeamUSA #TeamUSGay.”
Rippon also shared snaps of himself and Kenworthy at the opening ceremonies. He wrote: “Tonight I walked in the #OpeningCeremony and got to watch my old friend @yunakim light the Olympic flame. Representing the USA is one of the greatest honors of my life and being able to do it as my authentic self makes it all so much sweeter.”
The pair have also both been vocal against Mike Pence’s participation in the Winter Games as the head of the U.S. delegation there. Rippon was first quoted as saying, “You mean Mike Pence, the same Mike Pence that funded gay conversion therapy? I’m not buying it.”
Kenworthy also spoke out in a interview with USA Today, agreeing with Rippon’s statements about Pence leading the U.S. Olympic delegation. He said he too doesn’t understand how Pence could be leading a group of American athletes with so much LGBT representation.
Said Kenworthy to USA Today:
I actually found out about it from Adam Rippon’s quote about it. I feel the same way as him. I think it’s not the person I would have expected, and I think it sends mixed messages because this is the first time we’re seeing out U.S. Olympic athletes competing in the Winter Olympics, and then we have someone leading the delegation that doesn’t support that, and doesn’t support the LGBT community, and has spoken against it. I think it doesn’t send the right message. It’s unfortunate, but it is what it is.