Gay Olympian Rejects Overture From Mike Pence

USA Today reports:

Mike Pence was so concerned about the criticism he received from U.S. Olympic figure skater Adam Rippon that his staff went to the extraordinary length of asking the U.S. Olympic Committee to set up a conversation between the two – an offer Rippon turned down.

According to two people with knowledge of the situation who were not authorized to speak publicly about it, a member of Pence’s staff requested the conversation with the openly gay Rippon after reading the skater’s derogatory remarks about him in a USA TODAY Sports story that had been published online just an hour earlier. Rippon, the two people said, declined the invitation.

The spat between the vice president and the figure skater began when I asked Rippon last month about Pence’s selection for the ceremonial role of leading the U.S. delegation to the Olympic opening ceremony. “You mean Mike Pence, the same Mike Pence that funded gay conversion therapy? I’m not buying it,” Rippon said.

After Rippon’s initial comment, a spokesman for Pence issued a statement saying, “This accusation is totally false and has no basis in fact.”

Here’s what Pence’s campaign website once said: “Resources should be directed toward those institutions which provide assistance to those seeking to change their sexual behavior.”

  • dcurlee

    Great for Rippon. I would do the same thing. Thank you for standing up for the LGBT community

  • AmeriCanadian

    I hope Rippon stands his ground and doesn’t cave. Neanderthals like Pence need to know that their ideas are extremely harmful and will not be tolerated.

    • fuow

      As a hominid with one of the highest recorded levels of Neanderthal genetic material, I’d rather you chose another group to which Pence belongs. ‘Nazis’ seems like a close fit.

      • AmeriCanadian

        So you took the 23andMe test too?

        • fuow

          Nah, part of a group tested in Germany at the TU lab. I’m the product of centuries of interbreeding and that bit about genetic reinforcement turns out to be true. Never did the 23andMe test. Kinda have the feeling they’re momos and I avoid them. Could be wrong about that. Doesn’t much matter, though – I’m the carrot-topped, green-eyed twin brother of my dad and mom and their parents and their parents and….at least somebody in the family was into other hominids…even if it was tens of thousands of years back. Or later…they keep pushing that overlap closer and closer to the current era.

          • perversatile

            I go bar-hopping and they say ”last call”
            I start looking for a, Neanderthal. -Julie brown

  • Michael R

    Best Trend :
    Show Trump and Pence the respect they deserve
    NONE

    • Frostbite

      Show them exactly what they’d show us “institutions which provide assistance to those seeking to change their sexual behavior.” You know, like being a sexual predator.

    • Gerry Fisher

      Especially since Pence would have used the meeting as a photo op in a public relations stunt. Pence has shown his true colors; there’s really nothing left to discuss.

    • Chucktech

      Normally, one might say you respect the office, not the person in it. But not, IMO, with these two fuckers. They have debased the office to such a deplorable level that the office is sullied as long as they occupy it.

      • Nychta

        That’s a good point. I think some people’s reluctance to properly lambaste Trump and company could be rooted in respect for the office. I got over that a while back, but some folks may still be struggling with it.

        • Reality.Bites

          Trump refuses to attend any of a President’s normal public events because he’s afraid of the reaction.

          If you’re terrified of the hooligans at the Kennedy Center Honors, then no one has to respect the office while you’re in it.

        • Chucktech

          Begs the question did these same folks ever have a cross word about Obama?

    • Kevin Borden

      Bullshit….. When they stat showing RESPECT to Gays then and only then might they get it back in return.

  • Do Something Nice

    Good, both morally and keeping this in the news. Pence is an anti-gay thug.

  • MBear

    This is not an issue for compromise. Well done! Rippon is a true American hero to stand firm under most likely incredible pressure to buckle.

  • Boreal

    Good for him. No one should waste time on liars and haters. This is how trump and pence should both be treated, as not worth talking to.

  • Rex

    Resist, Adam, Resist.
    And, go for the gold.

  • safari

    Dialog with people like Pence is just an excuse for them to say “See, I tried.” It serves no purpose.

    • clay

      and Pence will say that without our athlete interrupting his training.

      Now, if Pence really wants to go the extra mile, he can go onto the ice with all those razor sharp blades flying around in nothing but a sequined body stocking over nothing but a dance belt AFTER he funds efforts to END conversion “therapy” and fully funds PrEP and needle exchange services.

      • PlutoAnimus

        Pence’s lack of compassion is nothing short of appalling.

    • Gerry Fisher

      this

    • jayseedubtoo

      How sad, that you give up so easily. Imagine if MLK had said what you just said.

      I think you’re probably giving up because you’re coming from an argument of weakness, otherwise you’d actually confront and dialog.

      I guess you’ll just have to roll over, and accept that Pence will keep saying what he says, without input or dialog! Your loss, not mine.

      • safari

        Actually, I’m arguing from a position of strength. Dialog is no longer needed.

  • netxtown

    Meet with Pence??

    oh hell no. not a damned thing in it for anyone other than mikey.

  • DaddyRay

    Our Olympians need to be focusing on training and practice for their competition – they don’t need this kind of distraction

    • ClevelandJim

      But it’s Cheeto and Race Bannon–all they KNOW is Distract/Deflect!

    • djcoastermark

      Or ? the purpose of the distraction. Can’t have those kweers winning no dang sports things. Makes for a national disgrace in their minds.

  • Longpole

    Here is why Rippion should stay away from Pence;
    Two sources also recalled Trump needling Pence during a meeting with a legal scholar, he joked that Pence would like to hang the gays.

    • Thank you. That was what I thought of too.

  • S1AMER

    We all know what the Mike Pence is an odious homophobe. It looks like his staffers are trying to convince the press otherwise.

    • Michael White

      prepping him to take over for the orange turd in case the Dems take back congress and impeach the orange turd.

      • Bride of Trump

        Exactly. A bs “humanizing” ploy.

      • pj

        they better fire his ass. i cant take 3 years and a reelection campaign of this bullshit. everyday is a new outrage. yesterday he gets a parade……remember?

  • Tesauro

    “Resources should be directed toward those institutions which provide assistance to those seeking to change their sexual behavior.”
    There’s nothing wrong with that. What’s wrong is diverting money from HIV programs.

    • clay

      Bullshit. State government resources are limited– you can’t direct resources toward something without directing them away from something else.

      Bullshit. State funding of unnecessary and not only ineffective, but destructive “therapies” is not working for the common welfare.

      Bullshit. State funding shouldn’t be directed to RELIGIOUS institutions. It should only go as reimbursements or supervised grants for public services, even if provided by a religious institution.

      Bullshit. Pence’s idea of HIV programs is funding institutions dedicated to changing sexual behavior from gay to straight, NOT safe needles, NOT PrEP, NOT condoms, NOT reducing infectiousness, NOT reducing stigma, NOT reducing anything but the supply of sexual partners.

      There are things wrong with that, AND it’s diverting money from HIV services.

    • Boreal

      Fuck off troll

    • pj

      wrong room asshole

    • shivadog

      There’s everything wrong with that. Conversion therapy is harmful, unscientific bullshit. Not only should no public resources be directed toward it, but it should be illegal.

  • safari

    O/T: A country serious about fighting HIV infections
    https://twitter.com/PinkNews/status/961227709543219200

    • Mordred LeFey

      If only the US was as progressive as the rest of the West. :/

    • fuow

      Yeah, and every single survey shows PrEP is working. I think a bunch of bitches around here owe medical science a major apology. Never mind the attacks on those of us gays are bottoms.

      • Todd20036

        Most of the commenters you are thinking of were long banned.

        I’ll never trust AHF again

        • fuow

          The bitches are still lurking. Their resistance to the one and only and very first real chance we’ve ever had to end this scourge is tantamount to murder. Weinstein and his ilk actually prefer to see gay men die to admitting they were wrong.

  • kelven

    He won’t give Pence a photo op? Or a chance to demonstrate his compassion and moral superiority for those godless heathens? Gee, I wonder why?

    • Of course, if we did, we’d hear “Pence can’t be homophobic! He had his picture taken with a gay person!”

      • kelven

        …and shook his hand!

        • safari

          Just like Donald and the rappers!

        • perversatile

          Only if the next photo op showed “mother” scrubbing
          Mike’s hands in carbolic acid (or boiling water) while shrieking,
          “We have to wash the Gay away before it catches.
          Out! Out! Damned Gay! Pray harder Mike! Harder!”

      • clay

        He had his picture taken with [the more easily stereotyped Olympic] gay person!

    • kareemachan

      And I’m sure that’s all pence wants – a photo op.

  • Excellent. I hope others follow suit.

  • 1980Gardener

    This is not the approach I would have taken.

    It is best to approach those who disagree with us with kindness – not show them the divisiveness they show us.

    • safari

      Look how well that turned out in 2016

      • 1980Gardener

        I don’t know what you mean…

        • Boreal

          Then you are an idiot or a troll. I vote for the latter.

          • djcoastermark

            Why not like that old 80’s Certs commercial , 2, 2 mints in one ? 🙂

          • fuow

            In this troll’s case, I was reminded of the old ‘sometimes you feel like a nut’ commercial.

    • SoCalGal20

      That’s worked out so great! /s

      Also, fuck that. The time for being nice has passed.

      • Right. Have we confirmed if Pence wants to hang LGBT people or not yet?

        • Lars Littlefield

          He has hung them in his heart, much like how Carter committed lust.

      • 1980Gardener

        It has worked out well – see my response above regarding same sex marriage.

        It is almost like everyone forgot what worked and what didn’t to get equality.

        • Ross

          No, we have not forgotten.

          You are simply delusional.

          Marriage equality happened because a lot of people spent a lot of years FIGHTING for equality. We marched. We used the courts. We protested.

          We persisted.

          • 1980Gardener

            Let’s get down to basics. Why do you think Americans changed their minds on same sex marriage?

          • Boreal

            Because we fought for it. We have been down to basics. You’re the asswipe trolling this site

          • Ross

            Because we fought for it.

            Agreed.

          • Reality.Bites

            And we never went begging to our avowed enemies. No one bothered lobbying Alito. No one tried to make nice with Maggie Gallagher.

            Pence is not someone we need to persuade as a member of the public. He’s not someone’s uncle.

            He’s our ENEMY,

    • Boreal

      Yes, we should kiss our oppressors asses since that has worked so well for us in the past several thousand years, moron. Also your trolling still sucks.

      • 1980Gardener

        It has worked well in fact. Only when society began to accept us did our rights be achieved.

        Look at the history of the same sex marriage debate – marriage equality was won with building bridges and commonalities, not by a refusal to engage.

        And please don’t sully kindness and openness with kissing ass.

        • Ross

          marriage equality was won with building bridges and commonalities

          What planet are you from?

          Marriage equality happened because we FOUGHT, via the courts, for equality.

          The idea that equality happened because we were kind to homophobes is laughable.

          And insulting to our fighters.

          • Lars Littlefield

            As well as WAY insulting to our collective intelligence.

          • 1980Gardener

            I suggest you rewind your clock and refresh your memories of the approaches taken by freedom to marry and other advocacy groups.

            Court victories arose from acceptance. Acceptance did not come by shunning people.

          • Reality.Bites

            You fucking moron – Pence is not “people” – he is our avowed enemy, who has devoted his life to hurting us.

            No, we don’t dialogue with him. We defeat him, utterly and show him no mercy in defeat.

            Time to meet with Pence is when he’s rotting in prison. Not before.

          • Ross

            I suggest you rewind your clock…because it is broken.

            Yes, the LGBT community is more accepted now than it was, say, twenty years ago.

            But kindness has nothing to do with this.

            Visibility does.

            Will & Grace did a lot to create acceptance.

            The Ellen Show HUGLEY impacted acceptance.

            Architectural Digest having gay couples on their covers impacted acceptance.

            Movie stars and singers and artists coming out impacted acceptance.

            And people like me, moving to small rural towns in Kansas, impacted acceptance. “Yea, he’s gay. But I like him. He’s OK.”

            But, most importantly, we had a powerful argument: EQUALITY.

            The courts agreed. And THIS is why we now have equality.

          • 1980Gardener

            And guess what the common theme is of what you mentioned – Will & Grace, Ellen, Architecutral Digest, moving to Kansas? Interaction. In every single case you mention, acceptance was achieved through NOT shunning people who oppose us and in fact doing the exact opposite – interacting with them.

            to bring up Ellen is odd – her entire approach is kindness. that is what she stands for. To bring her up to attack the idea of kindness is bizarre.

            When you moved to Kansas, did you shun or refuse to speak to everyone who didn’t accept you? I also moved to a small town and its a powerful step to take – to be open, honest and interact with people.

            If we hid away and refused to interact with our enemies, we would not have the rights we have today. And when interacting with people, kindness is the best approach. That wins hearts and minds – not anger.

          • Ross

            Yes, I shun evil.

            And Pence is evil and I would shun him.

            But most people are not evil.

            What has happened in my life, as has happened to countless LGBT people, is that by just being WHO WE ARE, and by being out, others slowly realize that we are not demons intent on eating their children. We are just…people.

            And, very slowly, things change.

            But, marriage equality happened because we fought and fought and fought and DEMANDED equality. And the courts agreed with our argument.

            You think kindness made all this happen. Again, this is an insult to the many people who spent many years fighting.

          • 1980Gardener

            “What has happened in my life, as has happened to countless LGBT people, is that by just being WHO WE ARE, and by being out, others slowly realize that we are not demons intent on eating their children. We are just…people.”

            – Do you think this would have occurred if you shunned or failed to speak with people who were not supporters? If you treated them the way Adam is treating Pence, would you have made them see that we are “just…people”?

            “But, marriage equality happened because we fought and fought and fought and DEMANDED equality. And the courts agreed with our argument.”

            – I disagree. If the public was not behind our equality, the court would not have ruled for us regardless of the arguments.

          • Ross

            You are deliberately twisting my words.

            I shun evil.

            I do not shun people who are not evil. And most people are not evil.

            Pence is evil. He should be shunned.

            Also, you wrote: “the court would not have ruled for us regardless of the arguments.”

            You are wrong.

            In the 1950s the courts ruled against segregation. This decision was massively against public opinion.

            Ditto for striking down the interracial marriage ban. And other court actions.

            The courts agreed to marriage equality, in part, because opponents could not make an effective argument. OUR argument was effective. And just.

          • 1980Gardener

            I’m simply responding to what you wrote – I’m not twisting anything. You continue to talk about how valuable interaction is, while attacking my advocacy of the same.

            If in fact you DO agree with me that interaction is beneficial to acceptance (which seems to be the case in light of many of your statements), then it appears you make an exception to that rule for “evil” people. If this is correct, that we disagree only with respect to interacting with “evil” people, how do you define evil? how do you differentiate between an evil person and a non-evil person who does not support our rights?

          • Ross

            You continue to talk about how valuable interaction is, while attacking my advocacy of the same

            Again, you twist my words.

            I advocate for visibility. The LGBT community is hugely more visible today than it was twenty years ago. And this has made a massive difference in public acceptance.

            AND THIS ACCEPTANCE HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH OUR BEING KIND.

            Visibility and kindness are different things. The former is vital. The latter is incidental.

            Also, I know evil when I meet it. And Mike Pence is evil. He should be shunned.

          • 1980Gardener

            “AND THIS ACCEPTANCE HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH OUR BEING KIND.”

            – I disagree. Our opponents did not come to view us as, to use your words, “just…people” by us acting like pricks or shunning people.

            – I’m curious about your own experience. When you moved to your small town, were you visible but not kind? I’m simply trying to understand why you think kindness is not important.

            – And as an aside, I’m not convinced you people kindness is merely incidental. After all, you mentioned Ellen, a champion of kindness, as a reason for our success.

            “Also, I know evil when I meet it. And Mike Pence is evil. He should be shunned”

            – Ok, but that is not very helpful 😉

          • Ross

            My small community (pop: 500, in rural Kansas) accepted me warily. And this was because I was…Not From Here. The wariness had little, if anything, to do with my being gay.

            But over time, the community saw that I took a pitiful house and made it better. They liked that I paid my local bills. They REALLY liked that I shopped locally.

            Today, my small rural community embraces me. And for reasons which have nothing to do with kindness. I have proved to be a good citizen. And THIS matters to a small community. And, by being a good citizen, and by being VISIBLE, I know that local perceptions about gay men have changed.

            Also, this post is about Mike Pence. An evil man. An evil man, in a position of enormous power, who IS doing things to harm the LGBT community. And being kind to Mike? THAT will not be helpful.

            I know of no example where evil was transformed via kindness.

          • 1980Gardener

            that’s a wonderful story about your town. I also live in a small town and love it – though a very different part of the country.

            You may think your acceptance as nothing to do with kindness, but you may not give yourself credit. If you shunned people, I doubt they would have accepted you like they have. Your experience should be a lesson for Adam.

            I’m not sure why you think Mike is so different than the people you meet in Kansas. You make him out to be a monster, but his heinous views are likely shared by many your town’s residents. He is not some robot immune from the power of openness and interaction, and, while you dismiss it, kindness.

            I think we have addressed this enough, and despite your initial comments, I don’t think we are far apart in our views.

            all the best.

          • Ross

            Again, you twist my words.

            I never stated that my acceptance had nothing to do with my being kind.

            I am kind. But this was incidental. What really mattered was my being good citizen, and contributing to the community.

            And what really mattered in terms of local perception about gay men was my being visible.

            You know, the black community was kind to their oppressors for a century+. They kindly took every abuse abuse, and kindly looked the other way when they were crushed.

            It was only when they FOUGHT BACK that things changed. It was only when they protested and marched and filed legal actions that things changed.

            You fail to see this.

            And you fail to see, and fail to honor, that things only began to change when the LGBT community FOUGHT BACK.

            Also, women did not get the right to vote by being kind. THEY FOUGHT FOR THE RIGHT.

            NOTE: I approve of kindness and civility as a good way of going through life. I do not approve of same when confronted with evil.

          • 1980Gardener

            “I never stated that my acceptance had nothing to do with my being kind.
            I am kind. But this was incidental. What really mattered was my being good citizen, and contributing to the community.”

            – That’s great, and I see our disagreement merely on whether your approach to your town should be or should not be replicated in dealing with Pence. I don’t either of us will change the other’s mind on how best to deal with those that oppose us. Different values I guess.

            “You know, the black community was kind to their oppressors for a century+. They kindly took every abuse abuse, and kindly looked the other way when they were crushed.
            It was only when they FOUGHT BACK that things changed. It was only when they protested and marched and filed legal actions that things changed.
            You fail to see this.”

            – Fail to see it? That’s a different topic. The experiences of the black community and the LGBT community are not interchangeable.

            “And you fail to see, and fail to honor, that things only began to change when the LGBT community FOUGHT BACK.”

            – Ok, if you say so. But I have no idea how anything I advocate for is a failure to honor anyone.

          • killreligion

            Oh my, you are saying rippon is shunning being open??? Keep digging.

          • 1980Gardener

            no, not at all. I’m saying Rippon is shunning Pence. Not sure why you got confused, but I hope this clarifies it for you.

          • killreligion

            “To be open, honest and interact”

            He is being very open, very “out” he’s just not going to meet with Pence.

          • killreligion

            Wrong again. Acceptance by reasonable people, pence is a closeted scared religious nutter. We would not have reached out to him then and should not now.

          • 1980Gardener

            Pence’s views are the same as many of those “reasonable people” whose minds changed 10 or 20 years ago.

          • killreligion

            Unbelievable. You don’t really believe that do you?

            He is the most anti, the most hateful. He has a motivation for it, either religionninduced fear or love of fellas creating religion induced fear. Not reasonable!

            MANY opponents were misinformed, ignorant, following traditional but turned out to be reasonable people

            I have to believe you are playing a role and not being serious with equating him to them.

          • 1980Gardener

            I see nothing about Pence that makes him the “most” hateful or that his mind cannot be changed.

          • killreligion

            Moving the goalposts? I was replying to reasonable which he is not

            I should have read the whole thread, this is a bit of a waste

            But I will add changing his mind is not this athletes job

            Defeating him is ours, collectively.

          • 1980Gardener

            “Moving the goalposts? I was replying to reasonable which he is not”

            – No, I am not. I simply disagreed with your opinion.

            “I should have read the whole thread, this is a bit of a waste”

            – Yes, I agree. I’m not even sure what your point is…

          • killreligion

            I think we did build some bridges. I changed my state reps mind in mass and he voted for us (against referendum)

            We fought and won in the courts, you are correct but that’s not the whole story

            Pence is not someone to build bridges with. Kindness is a naive way to describe this anyway.

        • Boreal

          You’re an idiot troll. It hasn’t worked at all. Ask anyone who rioted at Stonewall if being nice to the cops worked. Ask the gay people in Indiana who are the recipients of Pence’s ‘kindness. Fuck off, inept troll. If you want to be a kapo, go for it. I’ll even let you cut ahead in line when they are rounding us up for the internment camps, fucking dipshit.

        • fuow

          You know what worked? The first generation of gay men and lesbian women who were courageous enough to be out at a time when it meant being physically attacked. Losing your job, your home, being hauled through the court systems as a sex offender.
          Being sent to a nuthouse. Being imprisoned.
          That’s what worked. You dishonour their sacrifices.
          Also, pretending to be gay when you’re a christer isn’t nice.

          • Ross

            You dishonour their sacrifices.

            Amen.

        • BobSF_94117

          “marriage equality was won with building bridges and commonalities”

          Yes, with regular people, friends and family. And Democrats.

          Name one “bridge” with evangelical conservatives that led to marriage equality, just one.

          • 1980Gardener

            There are countless examples of building bridges with formerly unsupportive religious groups, resulting in that religious group changing their opinion on LGBT equality.

            to suggest that we stop now is defeatist and will harm LGBT equality in the long run.

          • BobSF_94117

            I see you couldn’t think of one either. I said “conservative evangelical”.

            Anyway, the question before us isn’t engagement with our enemies, it’s whether to meet Pence and be used as a prop for some false press release his office would issue afterwards. Pence is an enemy, not an opponent, an enemy. He has demonstrated that he cannot be trusted and will harm us.

          • 1980Gardener

            “I see you couldn’t think of one either. I said “conservative evangelical”.”

            – Yes, they are the toughest nuts to crack. However, we are seeing significant increase in support among rank and file evangelicals. Do you think that what worked for other religions will somehow not work for them?

            “Anyway, the question before us isn’t engagement with our enemies, it’s whether to meet Pence and be used as a prop for some false press release his office would issue afterwards. Pence is an enemy, not an opponent, an enemy. He has demonstrated that he cannot be trusted and will harm us.”

            – I’m not sure what you mean by enemy, not opponent. can you elaborate?

          • killreligion

            Religion is for crazy people. Some have come along but who cares, we have much bigger issues with curing religion than gay equality which will continue to happen in spite of the delusional people

            Kindness is important in my opinion. Has nothing to do with meeting with pence or not. He’s not being unkind, he is simply not taking the bait.

          • Boreal

            ‘- I’m not sure what you mean by enemy, not opponent. can you elaborate?’

            And there it is, your trolling exposed and laid bare. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/cf370f993309f83fa92bf3d5d28246a78f1b1ddbd355797e5206c68776cf7625.jpg

          • Ross

            Name one “bridge” with evangelical conservatives that led to marriage equality, just one.

            Amen, baby! Amen!

        • killreligion

          Your confusing pence with society. Most people didn’t really care strongly. Pence is part of the whacko christians that still today don’t accept our equality and not part of general society

          You are wrong-we won by convincing reasonable people, not avowed enemies that would exterminate us. Kindness is good, Rippon is not being unkind. He is simply not accepting pence using him.

    • netxtown

      I have too much anger and rage – rekindled on a daily basis – to give them any kindness when all they do is take, take, take.

      • 1980Gardener

        Yikes. I don’t have that anger and rage, and perhaps that is why I see kindness and engagement as a more reasonable approach.

        • netxtown

          jeebus tried the same approach. he got nailed.

        • fuow

          Yeah, denying the harm done to gay men is really going to get you accepted around here.

          • 1980Gardener

            I haven’t denied anything.

          • fuow

            Bullshit. Anyone who can scream ‘Yikes. I don’t have that anger and rage,…’ when a gay man shares his genuine feelings is a fucking liar. You’re neither gay nor sincere – you’re a christer monster.

    • BostonBud

      I somewhat agree. totally closing down a conversation will not alter that person’s mind and allow them to see reasonable people. However, I had heard that Adam was concerned about his performance and whether meeting with Pence could throw him off in his mind.

      • kareemachan

        Also, do you REALLY think that you could alter the human q-tip’s mind, seeing he’s kissing drumpster’s ass and stands smirking behind him when he does the shit he does?

      • 1980Gardener

        that makes sense, and a more reasonable reason for not meeting with Pence.

        As you said, closing down a conversation with those who do not approve of us doesn’t win us any friends. Engagement does.

    • clay

      Kindness isn’t Adam’s job. Representing queerness isn’t his job, being a source for Pence isn’t his job. Unifying America with his athleticism and artistry is job.

      Mike’s job is to support and celebrate Adam.

      • 1980Gardener

        Of course, kindness really isn’t the job of anyone. however, it is something we should strive towards.

        • Boreal

          You be kind to Nazis, the rest of us will punch them in the face but don’t call on us when you need help when they come for your rights.

        • William

          Maybe after they decide that they don’t want us dead.

    • Ross

      How did being kind towards the Nazis work out for Jews?

      How did being kind towards the Nazis work out for homosexuals?

      How did being kind towards the Nazis work out for political opponents?

      How did being kind towards the Nazis work out for Gypsies?

      The Nazis were evil.

      Mike Pence is evil.

      Never be kind to evil.

      • 1980Gardener

        Rather than looking at the Nazis, i think a better place to look to evaluate the effectiveness of kindness and open dialogue with respect to LGBT equality in the United States is to look at the experience of LGBT rights in the United States.

        • Ross

          A) You ignored my point: Never be kind to evil.

          B) Your marriage equality analogy is nonsense. We achieved marriage equality NOT by being kind to homophobes but by FIGHTING via the court system.

          • 1980Gardener

            A) I didn’t ignore it, I simply found it inapplicable to the current situation. LGBT equality has made gains because we changed minds through being open, honest an engaging opponents. We didn’t change minds my isolating them. People become more accepting when they know LGBT people, when they work with them, live with them, interact with them – acceptance does not come from being shunned by LGBT people.

            B) I completely disagree. The only reason the courts ruled in our favor was that acceptance came first. Only when Americans began to accept same sex marriage did the court find itself able to make such a ruling. Acceptance is not achieved through shunning those who disagree with us.

          • Boreal
          • Ross

            People become more accepting when they know LGBT people, when they work with them, live with them, interact with them

            Agreed.

            But this proves my point made below. Not yours.

            The LGBT community is more accepted today than it was a few decades ago.

            However, this is due to VISIBILITY. And this has made a difference.

            And visibility is very different than being kind to homophobes.

          • 1980Gardener

            “But this proves my point made below. Not yours.”

            – Now i’m lost. How does shunning people and refusing to interact with people result in people knowing us and interacting with us?

          • Ross

            You are lost?

            Well, we agree on this point!

            We have marriage equality because we FOUGHT via the court system.

            We are more accepted today than twenty years ago because of massively increased visibility.

            And none of this came about because we were kind to evil people like Pence.

            Evil should always be shunned.

          • 1980Gardener

            Yes, I am lost. Please explain the following:

            1. You agreed that interacting with people who don’t accept us brings acceptance.

            2. You disagree with me advocating for interaction with people who don’t accept us to further acceptance.

            Do you think that the court ruled for us solely based upon legal arguments? Or do agree with me that acceptance society played a role?

          • Ross

            You are discussing apples: Kindness.

            I am discussing oranges: Evil and visibility.

            You don’t see the distinctions between our arguments.

            And, until you do, this discussion is like arguing with a drunk.

          • Boreal

            More like playing chess with a pigeon: it knocks the pieces over and shits on the board.

        • Reality.Bites

          You know who I don’t treat with kindness?

          Fucking lame concern trolls hiding behind hidden profiles.

          Fuck yourself with a machete.

        • fuow

          We HAVE looked at the experience of LGBT rights in the US and that’s why we KNOW better than to trust Pence.
          This is not the best forum for you to be peddling your lies. Far too many of us remember the Aids holocaust to fall for christer monsters such as you.

    • fuow

      Remember that, deary, when you’re in the line headed to the mass internment camp.

      • Reality.Bites

        Naw, they’ll shoot him as soon as they don’t need him anymore.

        Just like Lorca did to mirror universe Stamets.

        • fuow

          I am getting mighty tired of the ‘kill the gays’ policy on TV. Whether it was Ianto or Culber, I’ve had it. Bring the good doctor back to life and stop with the bullshit. Damn it! I’m pissed off about it. They’ve also got to explain why Klingons went from looking cool to looking like humans in bad makeup. Lots to sew up next Sunday. A fuck of a lot.

  • ClevelandJim

    I wonder if they requested a sitdown with Gus also? But Gus is higher-profile, so maybe they decided not to risk what would surely be much more negative publicity.

    • clay

      Gus spoke in a more forceful manner and scared Mike.

      • ClevelandJim

        And made Mommy moist, no doubt

        • clay

          Confused her– “But he doesn’t look like a faggot.”

          • ClevelandJim

            Which made Mike moist.

          • netxtown

            ewwwwww!

          • ClevelandJim

            That was Gus’ reaction as well.

    • SoCalGal20

      Ha, I was wondering about that, too.

    • netxtown

      and …gus could kick his ass .

      • fuow

        I’ve spent time with figure skaters. Rippon is very, very strong. And agile.

        • prixator

          And those butts! Whew.

          It’s no wonder they can fall flat on their butts and just get up and keep going like nothing happened.

          But, I bet there are few figure skaters who haven’t busted their tailbones at least once. I’ve done it twice and it HURTS!

    • Bambino

      Mother-May-I thought Adam Rippon is one of the lapdogs from Log Cabin Republicans he can recruit.

      • ClevelandJim

        HA!

    • fuow

      Maybe they did approach him? Perhaps they wanted to have both picked up and brought to the meeting. Mafia style.

      • ClevelandJim

        I think if they did, Gus would say something about it publicly, or throw some shade on Instagram, or likely both, lol

  • David J

    Pence is like most evangelical Christians who will often even lie about their own public record. SHAME.

    By the way… that article yesterday about NH still trying to “legitimize” so-called “conversion therapy”… still needs some more “love” comments from the Joe My God readers…. here’s the link again: http://nhpr.org/post/wife-nh-education-commissioner-urges-lawmakers-kill-bill-banning-gay-conversion-therapy

  • Joe in PA

    Gay Olympian Rejects Overture From Mike Pence

    Maybe it is my dirty mind…but I read that headline incorrectly. 🙁

    • GayOldLady

      I read it the exact same way, so we both have dirty minds

    • clay

      I read it as written, and still thought Joe was trolling us.

    • Bambino

      Only if it’s Mike Hot Pants

    • Makoto

      Mike says that being alone together is obviously naughty and “Mother” disapproves… but Mike was suggesting being alone together with Rippon.. I guess with Mother’s approval?

      Does Mother watch figure skating? Is she suggesting something? Hmmmmmm……

    • Gustav2
      • BJORN RAGNVALDR

        oops

        • Lars Littlefield

          For me, Joe DiMaggio on the Wheaties box and watching Roy Rogers followed by Sky King. I even had a liver-speckled white retriever named Bullet, just like Roy’s.

          • BJORN RAGNVALDR

            I commented regarding Lone Ranger show while eating Cheerios before brain engaged and I was thinking wrong Overture….morning….

          • Lars Littlefield

            That is quite OK. Roy, Uncle Sky, and Penny are all dead anyway.

          • Librarykid

            And don’t forget Fury with a stallion and three men living together.

      • bandanajack

        only if they use REAL cannons

    • I guess we’re supposed to pretend that the headline writer wasn’t implying that?

  • safari

    Mike Pence even considered frowning. Then he remembered he had those muscles botoxed to death.

  • Bambino

    If he wants to do reach out how about try reaching out to those bigoted bakers? Don’t convince us he is not homophobe, try convincing his kind it’s not okay to discriminate!

  • downtownla

    Pence obviously has issues. This is the same guy who refuses to be left alone with a woman. Is he afraid he might be falsely accused of something or that he might actually do something that crosses the line. Maybe he is putting up barriers with the gays because he is similarly afraid he may cross the line.

    • William

      Gays have powers.

      • fuow

        We do. Hell, some of us even have the power to vote.
        Taking a public stance, such as Rippon has done requires real courage. I admire him.

  • SoCalGal20
  • Jay Silversmith

    I hear Pence, Perry and Michele Bachman are all competing in the SAUSAGE SWALLOWING division.
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/b2dbc49055f8afa93db8b0031007cfdf809649075a150a67aaf4a369ef6ed05c.jpg

    • William

      Rick Perry will win that contest.

    • Rob NYNY

      Corndogs.

  • lattebud

    I hope he gets a photo op with the Obamas and it is splashed all over the media.

  • Fifth-and-a-Half Element
    • It Takes a Village, People

      Psst…Louis CK behind her… and John Stamos and his new boyfriend?

  • BostonBud

    Adam has a lot on his mind with his performance. Having a conversation with a closed minded individual which would only get him emotional (as in rage) is probably not best before use of his time before a competition. Likewise, I hope he does get the chance to express his truth to this naysayer.

    • William

      As long as he keeps his cool and doesn’t say anything political during the games. If he denounces Pence, he could have any medals stripped.

  • Jefe5084

    Good for him. Not being bamboozled by that waste of a creature, Pence.

  • For someone who touts his faith so much Pence sure does like to project a false image.

    • William

      Does telling lies on national TV count as ‘bearing false witness’?

      • fuow

        Not when it’s to the detriment of gays.
        (Better add a heapin’ helpin’ of /snark to that).

      • boatboy_srq

        “Bearing false witness”only matters if you’re lying to other Xtianists. Wogs* don’t count.

        * yes, that’s an ugly word, but Scientologists are known to use it for outsiders, and the connotations are clear from the Xtianist volk.

      • I don’t know much theology (also don’t know much about the French I took, but that’s another story) but I’m pretty sure the answer to that is yes.

        • killreligion

          Damn, ear worm. Thanks-clever at least!

    • boatboy_srq

      Insecurity is central to FundiEvangelical Xtianism.

  • Jmdintpa

    Good, the time for talk with these fake ass christians is over. they dont want talk to us. they want to save you

  • Gigi
    • KCMC

      Oooooh, beautiful! Bumper stickers, please!

  • FAEN

    The ONLY reason that closeted nightmare wants to get close to Adam…well you know.

  • Unless the meeting is for a complete and unequivocal apology to the gay community from Pence, there’s no reason to have a meeting. Pence just wants to look like less of a bigot by agreeing to be in the same room as a gay athlete. Rippon is smart not to be used as a prop in Pence’s lies.

  • MikeBx2

    “Resources should be directed toward those institutions which provide assistance to those seeking to change their sexual behavior.”

    He was “clearly joking”. :/

  • Lars Littlefield

    It gives me great comfort to discover that at my advanced age how many young people become my personal heros. Stick to your values Mr. Rippon. Give ’em hell.

  • TwoHusbandsSince1976
  • Dana Chilton

    There was nothing “derogatory” about his remarks USA Today.

    • Randy Ellicott

      Yeah that is what caught my eye as well, so much that i had to look up derogatory to make sure, an accurate phrase would be “Critical remarks of Pences’ derogatory attitude towards the LGBT Community”

    • Blake Jordan

      Apparently being an active anti-LGBTQ+ advocate is just a vocation like any other, and us LGBTQ+s are in the wrong for trying to make the bigots feel bad about hating us…

  • Reality.Bites

    What’s the big deal here anyway? I’m sure Rippon is hardly the first gay man to reject Pence’s overtures. /s

    • killreligion

      Actually I don’t think the snark tag is needed. He is obviously closeted.

      • Reality.Bites

        I added the /s more for the “What’s the big deal” portion. I didn’t feel entirely comfortable leaving that out there to be potentially taken at face value

  • fuow

    Good for Rippon. Pity so many other gay men didn’t have his balls and stayed home in November 2016.

    • Boreal

      There is one below telling us to treat our nazi masters with kindness.

  • boatboy_srq

    It’s not “conversion therapy” when you’re Saving Sinners®.

    /s

  • Skeptical_Inquirer

    Good for him for sticking up for himself instead of being browbeaten into useless “reaching across the aisle” crapola. I’m reminded of when the preacher of the church Pence visited didn’t hold back and tore him a new one.

    I’ll always despise that hateful people like Pence can’t handle that being openly disliked.

    • But….but….you CAN’T hate me I’m a xtian!!! And WHITE! And Male!!! What’s to hate???

  • Ragnar Lothbrok
  • Coxygru

    In my long experience, any time – and I mean every time – Christians “reach out” with a good will gesture to us LGBTQ folks, it’s a trap. A shameless sham. Never trust them.

  • Dot Beech

    Mike Pence’s life’s work has been to marginalize and demean gay people.

    Bless Adam Rippon for calling it (“it” being Mike Pence) what it is.

  • Chris Gardner

    Dear Jews, if you just met with Hitler, I’m sure you’d see he’s a really nice guy once you get to know him. We’d like your input on some concentration camps we are opening.

    • fuow

      Yeah, between Jewish architects and gay designers we’re sure we can make them look really great.
      Seriously – this man is a monster. Not voting in November 2016 was a bad thing to do. Having the courage to stand up to him when the whole world is watching is a brave thing to do. Go Rippon!

  • PlutoAnimus

    Rippon appears to be the first person to deal with Trump and Pence properly.

    Smart fellow.

  • billbear1961

    What did Rippon say about Pence that was derogatory, USA Today? I’d suggest you look up the meaning of the word, because his criticism was accurate. There was nothing unfair or denigrating about it. Now if you want to see some DEROGATORY remarks, check out what Pence and others like him have to say about LGBTs. One does not owe bigots who mistreat people deference because of some office they may hold, you TOADIES.

  • JWC

    Adam and Gus have taken a great stand for Gays Fuck Pence

    • bzrd

      only Mother fucks Pence,
      if she’s lucky, he’s got a head ache

  • Slippy_World
  • Pablo Sánchez

    You know Pence is a bottom. (Not that there is anything wrong with that.) https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/155ead8b4e6ed452b0ac0eebaf75d01c9f4fdf65c11aa0f1d94f636ef12bc4f1.jpg

  • Bj Lincoln

    He was on Ellen yesterday and made it clear how the new administration hates us. I was not going to watch but I will be tuning in to watch him.

  • Lakeview Bob

    I kind of wish he had agreed to meet with the stupid fucker on live camera and then ask the stupid fucker about his gay sex life and how well conversion therapy has worked for him.

    • Joshua

      It’s pretty Trump-like and obnoxious to boast about your lakefront properties. A celebration of gentry privilege. Why don’t you help other people instead of boasting about your wealth?

      • killreligion

        Oh please. Lake VIEW isn’t wealthy, it’s oceanfront that matters!

        I don’t see it as bragging if it is important to him as a big part of his life. I talk about collecting medieval art and it’s not bragging either, it’s to make a point

        Now a regular commenter in here misses no chance to brag about his husbands income. He even gave us specific numbers in an obvious attempt to reveal annual salary. (It was not totally clear, either 250k or 90k depending on how you interpreted his comment about the tax increase and a raise). If my husband went around disclosing that I’d be very embarrassed and angry. That’s what you describe, not bob here

        We also have boatbpy, I don’t see that as braggadocio either

        Plus you don’t know what he does to help others.

        • ECarpenter

          Yes, only an idiot would assume that lakefront property is always expensive property. Or a troll just making things up to try to get a reaction. Which is Joshua at this point.

          • killreligion

            Ha! I guess it worked as I took the bait.

            It does bother me “celebration of gentry privilege” as an insult.

            So much in there. Assuming his lakeview name is about properties (plural!) and not a town or even a hobby, viewing lakes. What implies gentry? His name isn’t “lakeview inheritance bob”. Maybe he worked two jobs or flipped houses for his property. As you say not all lakefront is multimillion. And then the notion that wealth is bad. I hate that sentiment-it’s almost ad hominem absent selfish behavior

            The whole thing smacks of immaturity-a sophomoric version of it no less.

      • AC

        bitter much

      • chrisinphx

        You obviously are not aware that “Lakeview” refers to the neighborhood in Chicago that Bob resides in. Just north of that is Edgewater another neighborhood with a pretty name that has nothing to due with the amount of money the residents have.
        FYI- If it was “Lincoln Park” Bob then you might have had a point.

        • Lakeview Bob

          Thanks honey for your support. I use to live in Lakeview in Chicago. I lived in a modest condo and did have a view of Lake Michigan. I have kept the name Lakeview Bob just for consistency sake. I now live in Palm Springs in another modest condo. I suppose I could change my user name to Palm Trees Bob but why bother?

          I am not wealthy. I have just worked hard all my life to be comfortable and enjoy retirement.

          Thanks

      • ECarpenter

        Watching your posts over time, Joshua, you’re more and more just trolling and less and less actually engaging in conversations. Have you lost your job and had to move into Mom’s basement or something?

  • Matt

    Bravo, Adam! Do not cave to the right – ever. It’s not worth losing your personal integrity.

  • iambu

    “The spat between the vice president and the figure skater…” What a time to be alive.

    In seriousness, though, good for Adam.

  • Ben in Oakland

    He should have met with pence. It might have been a waste of time, but it might not have.

    • ECarpenter

      It’s doing more good not meeting with him and saying why. Pence will not stop his anti-gay activities, he just wants to be able to claim to be “fair” while not being at all fair.

  • Rippon definitely should have taken the meeting. I’m sure it would have yielded some great anti-Pence sound bites. Bigots never sound more bigotty than when they’re trying to convince people they’re not bigots.

    • jmax

      Big props for “bigotty” 🙂

  • Blake Jordan

    Why would Pence even pretend that he is not deeply anti-LGBTQ+!?!?
    Donnie is letting his corruption and hatred of minorities, etcetera be known… and getting away with it, so Mikey would get a free pass too!!!

  • CharlestonDave

    I love the way Gus and Adam present two different personal styles as role models for young gays. It’s as if we’re a diverse community and people don’t all have to be the same way. What a concept! 🙂

    That said, Adam is doing the right thing by concentrating on his training and preparation for the competition. Talking to the VP afterward might be an option. I’d like to see him coached by Signorelli or Savage before that competition!

  • Hank
  • Richard

    BRAVO Adam Rippon !!

  • Stev84

    Correct decision. Any meeting would only help Pence. It’s like him having a gay “friend” he can use as cover for his hatred. He would point to the meeting to say he is all nice, but continue to push for harmful laws

  • Lindoro Almaviva

    You know? His desicion, and he has every right to show Pence the respect he has earned (none). That being said, I would have said yes under the condition that it is filmed and it includes several other members of the LGBT community from several countries, so he hears first hand and about the suffering he has created through his actions and the actions of those who support him. I think It is an opportunity lost.

    • fuow

      As usual, we disagree. You don’t bargain with christers. They torture people. They want us dead. They have no interest in changing their ways. They’ve shown us this, time and time again.

      • ECarpenter

        Then they say the do it out of “christian love”, because they don’t want us to burn in hell in their make-believe afterlife.

    • Deviancy Behavir

      And after they had the conversation and he went back and helped create more legislation reducing rights for LGBT people, then what? What’s next after that conversation? There is no benefit for talking to him at all.

  • Ninja0980

    Mike Pence has made it clear again and again he views Adam and the rest of the LGBT community with utter contempt.
    Only fair he gets that returned in kind.

  • Kevin Andrews

    An Administration of professional liars and Meat-Puppets.

  • SilasMarner

    I’d would have responded…”not only no, but HELL NO.”

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    He made the right call. Fuck Pence.

  • I am making an overture to Adam. I will do whatever he wants, in any postion, top-bottom-neutral-both-whatever– at any time, and in any location. I do not care. He is gorgeous. Saying that, he is way way past what I can get at this point, and just a fantasy. But hey Adam if you want to know more leave a comment here and I will get back to you.

  • Not only did Pence want to direct resources to change sexual orientation, but he wanted to divert it from AIDS programs. He’s an asshole who wants us all dead.

  • Texpat

    I disagree with this decision. While he might not make any headway, closing off conversation and not putting a personal face on discrimination is a lost opportunity.

    • fuow

      One does not bargain with torturers.

      • Texpat

        I don’t see it as a bargain. It is an opportunity to present that he supports harmful policies through personal interaction and to put a personal face on it. Nothing ventured and nothing gained.

        Sent from Yahoo Mail for iPhone

        • ECarpenter

          Pence just wants to be able to say “see, I talk to gay guys, I’m not hateful” – but his behavior does not change, and his attacks on gay people as a group do not change.

    • Deviancy Behavir

      You must not understand that he’s using this man as a prop, he doesn’t care to have a conversation. He’ll get there probably have a few cameras outside the door, have a b.s conversation, try to appease him then come out and tell the audience waiting what happened. Then go back to business as usual. Mike Pence doesn’t give a damn about him or anybody else in the LGBT community, so instead of being used as a prop, he say no thanks. Which is his right, stop trying to let the oppressors use you and think all of a sudden things will change, they won’t.

      • Texpat

        And the alternative is that you get Pence on record and then highlight everything that he says or does that is conflict with that.  It may not do any good but it doesn’t hurt.
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        • Deviancy Behavir

          That would be fine if this was a regular administration, how many times have we seen and heard tRump say and do things that were completely contradictory to each other? They don’t care, that’s the point I’m trying to make, so we need to stop trying to get people who don’t care to see things from our point of view and get them out instead.

  • jayseedubtoo

    So I guess Vice President Pence extends an olive branch to meet with another (incidentially gay) human being–but that (incidentally gay) human being won’t even meet with the Vice President?

    Seems like there might be some question, now, about who’s the actual bigot, and who really wants to perpetuate conflict and division.

    • Reality.Bites

      Murderer wants to meet with family of his victim and they refuse.

      Seems like there might be some question, now, about who’s the actual murderer, and who really wants to perpetuate conflict and division.

      You fuckwitted piece of shit.

      • jayseedubtoo

        When you resort to name-calling and cursing, you’ve lost.

        But I do get the pleasure of accepting your loss! Thanks!

    • ECarpenter

      There’s no question, you know. Pence remains a bigot, all of the evidence points that way. He’s just trying to get some good PR.

      Are you one of those Russian cyber agents who like to sow discord, jayseedubtoo? If so, this is the wrong forum, we’re all solidly against lying Pence and his lies, you’re not going to be able to shake that.

  • Reality.Bites
  • argeejay

    Bravo, Mr. Rippon!! I’m not a real big figure skating fan, but I will certainly be on the lookout for your representation for our country in the Olympics!! Bravo!!!

  • Oh, Parker

    Rippon will get nothing real from Pence because Pence doesn’t have an authentic bone in his entire homophobic body. His whole political career has lurched from one self-induced crisis to the other, starting with him losing an election after getting caught stealing money from his campaign to pay for his house all the way through the RFRA law here in Indiana. And you’d better believe he knew all about the Russian meddling. He is a snake.

  • JCF

    If I were Rippon, I would have said “Acknowlege your prior support for this hateful, abusive policy of FAKE ‘sexual orientation conversion’, and make a FULL unambiguous apology, w/ promise of full SUPPORT for equal rights (including in ALL branches of the Federal government) for LGBTQ people. Then, and ONLY THEN, we can talk. If it’s convenient *to me* [Until after the Olympics, forgettaboutit!]. Failing that, go pound sand.”

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/e743cd932117ca4aa11c190107e9c6f571af739a275e2d06d4fecb7d3fe27cac.jpg

  • The Republican administration declared war on LGBT equality from the getgo. Not sure how I feel about rejecting Pence’s overture though, as it could be seen as churlish.

  • Dan Gray

    Good for him for standing up to Stupidity and Homophobia, why would you meet with a man you know despises who you are.

  • Blackfork

    Pence is the real snake in this administration. We haven’t seen the last of him, even if Trump gets impeached.