American figure skater, Adam Rippon who is openly a gay said on Sunday that he would like to skip the Olympians’ White House visit as part of the protest for what the figure skater sees as homophobia in the U.S. President Donald Trump administration.
Rippon told Daily Mail that he would skip the White House event in order to “support my community.”
The figure skater who recently earned a team bronze medal said, “No. I have no desire to go to the White House. But I would like to do something to help my community.” He went on to say, “I have kind of spoken out a lot and I’d like to do something positive and not just stay at home.”
He said that he would probably host an event to address his campaign against homophobia and support for the rights of gay.
Back in January, the figure skater who came in behind Mikhail Kolyada — the Olympic athlete from Russia at the Winter Games in South Korea on Monday morning — took aim at Vice President Pence for what he said were the vice president’s anti-gay opinions. Rippon also called Pence a hypocrite, he said so for espousing Christian virtues. In addition, he’s also standing by some of the inflammatory and divisive statements made President Trump.
Pence tweeted in support of Rippon last week, saying, “I want you to know we are FOR YOU. Don’t let fake news distract you. I am proud of you and ALL OF OUR GREAT athletes and my only hope for you and all of #TeamUSA is to bring home the gold. Go get ‘em.”
Rippon said, “We made a few changes with my coach and I was able to put together a strong performance.” He added, “but there’s definitely a few points I want to squeeze out of this performance. I have one week until the individual and I’m going to be squeezing the hell out of it, you can believe that.”