The first openly gay Olympians to serve on Team USA took to Twitter as the games got underway in South Korea. Rather than encourage their fellow Olympians or embrace some patriotism, they chose to take a swipe at Vice President Mike Pence.
For the first time, Team USA had openly gay athletes march in the opening ceremonies of the Winter Olympics: Gus Kenworthy, Adam Rippon, and Brittany Bowe. Rippon made headlines earlier this week when he attacked Mike Pence, who has been open about his views on homosexuality, which his Christian faith mandates as sinful.
That seemed to trigger Rippon, and Kenworthy made that clear as his picture with Rippon was posted to Twitter with the words “We’re here. We’re queer. Get used to it.”
This was reason for celebration, and celebrate Kenworthy and Rippon did as they posed for a number of photos together and even shared a kiss.
‘We’re here. We’re queer. Get used to it,’ wrote Kenworthy on Friday, including three photos of himself and Rippon.
The figure skater meanwhile took a far more sentimental approach when posting his image from the big night.
‘Tonight I walked in the #OpeningCeremony and got to watch my old friend [Yuna Kim] light the Olympic flame,’ wrote Rippon.
‘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.’
Not picture with the two was Bowe, whose role in this historic group is already being erased from the history books by the likes of Hillary Clinton and Tyler Oakley.
Both the ‘I’m-with-her campaigner and young LGBT activist have released comments over the past week applauding Kenworthy and Rippon while ignoring Bowe, who is competing in her second Olympics.
That accomplishment is even more impressive given that she only picked up the sport back in 2010.
Here is the tweet by Gus Kenworthy.
— Gus Kenworthy (@guskenworthy) February 9, 2018