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Diver Tom Daley Wins Commonwealth Gold, Calls On Member Nations To Decriminalize Homosexuality

BBC Sports reports: Diver Tom Daley has called for more Commonwealth countries to decriminalise homosexuality. Daley won his fourth Commonwealth Games gold medal as he and Dan Goodfellow won the synchronised 10m platform on the Gold Coast in Australia, where same-sex marriage was made legal in December. Homosexuality remains illegal in 70% of the 53 Commonwealth countries. “Coming to the ...

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Adam Rippon Cast For Dancing With The Stars [VIDEO]

Billboard Magazine reports: Adam Rippon may be a professional figure skater, but he has shown over the last few months that he has a knack for marketing himself. The openly gay Olympian has been seen on almost every cable talk show imaginable, made a name for himself online, and seen multiple interviewers and fans asking him what he wants to ...

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Adam Rippon: I’m Ready To Meet With Pence [VIDEO]

Mediaite reports: Olympic figure skater Adam Rippon says he’s prepared to meet with Vice President Mike Pence following their spat last month during the Winter Games. “Now is the right time,” Rippon said. “You don’t get to make any sort of change if you don’t try to at least try to reach across [the political aisle].” Rippon said he doesn’t ...

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Olympian Adam Rippon Fundraises For GLAAD [VIDEO]

Billboard Magazine reports: The true star of the 2018 Winter Olympics was Team USA’s first openly gay figure skater, Adam Rippon. While the games might be over, Rippon is using his platform to talk about the issues that matter… and his love life. Rippon appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show today in his first interview since returning to the U.S. ...

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Adam Rippon Declines NBC Correspondent Gig

NPR reports: He’s emerged as a fan favorite, an athlete whose talent and personality shine through his skating — and whose sense of humor and humanity have been amplified by the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. But Adam Rippon says he’s not ready to move from the Olympic Athlete’s Village and join NBC. News that the TV network had offered Rippon ...

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Adam Rippon Lands NBC Correspondent Gig

USA Today reports: U.S. figure skater Adam Rippon, the openly gay Olympic team bronze medalist who has become one of the best-known names at these Games, has been hired by NBC to work as a correspondent during the remainder of the Olympics, NBC spokesman Greg Hughes told USA TODAY Sports Sunday evening. Rippon, 28, will work for the network on ...

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Gus Kenworthy Kisses Boyfriend On Live Olympic TV

The Guardian reports: When the American freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy shared a kiss with boyfriend Matthew Wilkas at the bottom of the hill before Sunday morning’s ski slopestyle qualifying, neither was immediately aware the moment was captured by NBC’s cameras. But the significance of an openly gay male athlete kissing another man on primetime network television during one of the ...

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Olympian Adam Rippon Finishes Tenth [VIDEO]

Tenth in the scoring, but he definitely took first place as the darling of the 2018 Olympics, judging by thousands of adoring fans worldwide on Twitter. USA Today reports: Adam Rippon’s Olympic competition came to an end Saturday but his impact on the Games did not. Minutes after skating a clean free skate that put him in 10th place at ...

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Gus Kenworthy: I Won’t Go To The White House Either

CBS News reports: U.S. Olympic skier Gus Kenworthy said Thursday that he would not go to the White House if invited. In an interview on “CBS This Morning,” Kenworthy, one of the first two openly gay men to represent the U.S. at the Winter Olympics, said he had “no patience” for the administration’s actions “attacking” the LGBT community. “When we ...

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Junior Attacks Olympic Medalist Adam Rippon

The New York Post reports: Donald Trump Jr. slammed US Olympic medalist Adam Rippon for the athlete’s criticism of Vice President Mike Pence’s position on gay rights. The president’s eldest son was responding to a report that claimed Rippon — an openly gay figure skater — did not want his Olympic experience to be “about Mike Pence.” “Really?” Trump Jr. ...

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Samsung Chronicles Gus Kenworthy’s Roots [VIDEO]

In the first of a three-clip series, this afternoon Samsung published a short video which chronicles gay Olympian Gus Kenworthy’s “Road To Pyeongchang.” Samsung is just one of the major endorsements earned by Kenworthy, who won a silver in Sochi and is a favorite to medal in South Korea. On an unrelated note, there’s this: Olympic freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy ...

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Adam Rippon: I Don’t Want My Olympics To Be About Mike Pence But I Won’t Stop Being Myself [VIDEO]

CNN reports: Speaking Tuesday, Rippon regretted his feud with Pence overshadowing the Olympics itself: “It’s brought a lot of attention to my other teammates and I don’t want it to distract from them.” “I don’t want my Olympic experience being about Mike Pence,” he said. Despite that, the US figure skating star, who was part of the American roster that ...

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Adam Rippon To Boycott White House Reception

The Daily Mail reports: 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 ...

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Canadian Figure Skater Eric Radford Becomes First Ever Openly Gay Winter Olympics Gold Medalist [VIDEO]

Pink News reports: Eric Radford has become the first ever openly gay man to win a gold medal at the Winter Olympics. The Canadian athlete won gold in the team figure skating event after he and his partner Meagan Duhamel skated magnificently to Adele’s Hometown Glory. He followed in the footsteps of Australian diver Matthew Mitcham, who got a gold ...

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US Figure Skating Team Wins Bronze Medal [VIDEO]

NPR reports: U.S. figure skaters won the bronze medal in the team event on Monday, in an action-packed tournament that saw Mirai Nagasu land a historic jump – and in which Adam Rippon and other Americans showed they’re in fine form at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. The final results on Monday mirrored the tally from the qualifying rounds one day ...

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Fox Deletes “Unvetted” Column By VP Which Claimed US Olympic Motto Should Be “Darker, Gayer, Different”

Talking Points Memo reports: Fox News has removed a controversial column penned by executive editor John Moody about diversity in the Olympics because it did not go through the “proper vetting process,” a Fox News insider told TPM Friday. The column, titled “Darker, Gayer, Different,” slammed the U.S. Olympics for its efforts to attract a diverse group of athletes for ...

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Gay Olympians Tweet From Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony: “We’re Here, We’re Queer, Get Used To It”

People Magazine reports: Figure skater Adam Rippon and skier Gus Kenworthy made history on Friday as the two first openly gay U.S. athletes to qualify for the Winter Olympics. And the significance of marching with the massive Team USA at the opening ceremony in PyeongChang isn’t lost on the Olympians. The pals shared several Twitter shots of themselves at the ...

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Pence Tweets At Gay Olympian: We Are For You

USA Today reports: Vice President Pence on Thursday took to social media to criticize a USA TODAY Sports report as “#FAKENEWS” that U.S. Olympic figure skater Adam Rippon rebuffed a request that his office set up a conversation between the two men. At about the same time as Pence took to Twitter, a White House official was explaining to reporters ...

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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 ...

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Gay Olympian Gus Kenworthy Slams Mike Pence As A “Bad Fit” To Lead the US Olympic Delegation [VIDEO]

The Hill reports: Freeskier Gus Kenworthy, one of the first two openly gay male athletes to represent the U.S. at the Winter Olympics, told Ellen Degeneres that he things Vice President Mike Pence is a “bad fit” to lead the U.S. delegation to Pyeongchang, South Korea this month. Kenworthy’s comments echoed those of figure skater Adam Rippon, who has harshly ...

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