He hasn’t even been invited yet, but gay Olympic skater Adam Rippon has declared he would boycott any TEAM USA visit to the Trump White House.
Last weekend, Rippon and fellow gay Olympian Gus Kenworthy posted a photo on Instagram with the caption, “Eat your heart out, Pence.”
The Daily Mail reported:
Skating sensation Adam Rippon put himself on a collision course with the White House on Monday after declaring he will snub President Trump’s White House party for Team USA.
The 28-year-old, who won a team bronze medal at his first Olympics on Sunday night, told Daily Mail.com that he would give the traditional gathering a miss in protest against what he sees as homophobia among the country’s leadership.
Speaking exclusively to DailyMail.com the gay athlete, who was trending worldwide as number one on Twitter after his routine, said his decision not to go would be ‘ to support my community.’
He added: ‘No. I have no desire to go to the White House. But I would like to do something to help my community.’
‘I have kind of spoken out a lot and I’d I like to do something positive and not just stay at home.’
He said this would probably mean staging an event of his own to highlight his campaign against homophobia and for gay rights.
— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) February 12, 2018
Olympic figure skater Adam Rippon on friction with Vice Pres. Mike Pence: “Right now I have a voice and I think it’s really important for me to use it. https://t.co/19brRGFBGB pic.twitter.com/hitjQZuq7J
— ABC News (@ABC) February 12, 2018