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Figure Skater Rippon Says it's 'Awesome' to be 1st Out Male to Represent USA at Winter Olympics

Wednesday Jan 10, 2018

It was reported earlier this week Adam Rippon was one of three figure skaters selected to represent the United States at the Winter Olympics in South Korea next month. His accomplishment also made him the first openly gay athlete representing Team U.S.A. at the Games.

Taking to Twitter Tuesday, Rippon commented on the fact, writing he's "excited" to be headed to his first Olympics and that it's "awesome" he's out and representing America. His message went on to earn 1,600 retweets and more than 8,600 likes.

Shortly after, he tweeted another message about LGBTQ people, saying they are "still targeted in hate crimes, sent to concentration camps, are asked about their 'lifestyle,' and questioned about the bathroom they use."

"So until that stops, it's important to be 'out' and visible," Rippon added. "While you may not be SHOCKED that I am gay (surprise), I hope it helps a young girl or boy who doesn't feel like they belong (like I once did) and lets them know it's awesome to be yourself. You can do ANYTHING if you work hard."

This isn't the first time Rippon has been outspoken about LGBTQ equality. Last month, a tweet he made about being asked "what it's like to be gay" went viral, earning nearly 3,000 retweets and almost 15,000 likes.


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