Adam Rippon, the first openly gay U.S. winter Olympian, revealed he will boycott a visit to the White House.
Rippon’s revelation comes as the U.S. figure skating team won bronze on Sunday night. Traditionally, medal winners are invited to visit the White House.
However, Rippon made it clear he would not go in an effort “to support my community.”
He stated, “No, I have no desire to go to the White House. But I would like to do something to help my community.”
He added that during the White House visit he wants to do “something positive and not just stay at home.”
He continued, “I have a great story. I want people to get to know me, but today it is about this about awesome group of people.”
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Earlier this month, he asserted the same thing during an interview with the BBC. He stated, “I won’t go to the White House. I don’t think somebody like me would be welcome there. I know what it’s like to go into a room and feel like you’re not wanted there.”
Before his win, Rippon made headlines for declining to meet with Vice President Mike Pence. He publically criticized Pence during an interview with USA Today.
Rippon stated, “You mean Mike Pence, the same Mike Pence that funded gay conversion therapy? I’m not buying it.”
After USA Today’s story was published, Pence’s press secretary Alyssa Farah quickly shot back denying Rippon’s claim.
She stated, “This accusation is totally false and has no basis in fact. Despite these misinformed claims, the vice president will be enthusiastically supporting all the U.S. athletes competing next month in Pyeongchang.”
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