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Gus Kenworthy Dissed by Homophobes, Supported by Chelsea Clinton

Gus Kenworthy and Chelsea Clinton

The out Olympic freeskier shared his experiences with social-media homophobia in a tweet today.

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Olympic freeskier Gus Kenworthy has shared some intensely homophobic comments on his YouTube videos, making the point that antigay bigotry is alive and well in 2018.

The comments, which he shared in a tweet today, call him "faggot" and "pedo-fag," and wish him death from AIDS, a car accident, or being pushed off a building.

But Kenworthy's getting some major support from commenters on the tweet, who include Chelsea Clinton, out Canadian Olympian Eric Radford, actor-director Peter Paige, and actress Lea Salonga. He's unlikely to get support from another president's daughter, though, given that he dissed Ivanka Trump in a tweet when she showed up at the Winter Olympics closing ceremony.

Kenworthy and figure skater Adam Rippon were the first out gay men to represent the U.S. in the Winter Olympics. Kenworthy failed to win a medal, while Rippon won one, but they both won fans with their outspokenness against Donald Trump and Mike Pence. Kenworthy also made history by kissing his boyfriend, Matt Wilkas, on national television.

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Trudy Ring is The Advocate’s senior politics editor and copy chief. She has been a reporter and editor for daily newspapers and LGBTQ+ weeklies/monthlies, trade magazines, and reference books. She is a political junkie who thinks even the wonkiest details are fascinating, and she always loves to see political candidates who are groundbreaking in some way. She enjoys writing about other topics as well, including religion (she’s interested in what people believe and why), literature, theater, and film. Trudy is a proud “old movie weirdo” and loves the Hollywood films of the 1930s and ’40s above all others. Other interests include classic rock music (Bruce Springsteen rules!) and history. Oh, and she was a Jeopardy! contestant back in 1998 and won two games. Not up there with Amy Schneider, but Trudy still takes pride in this achievement.
Trudy Ring is The Advocate’s senior politics editor and copy chief. She has been a reporter and editor for daily newspapers and LGBTQ+ weeklies/monthlies, trade magazines, and reference books. She is a political junkie who thinks even the wonkiest details are fascinating, and she always loves to see political candidates who are groundbreaking in some way. She enjoys writing about other topics as well, including religion (she’s interested in what people believe and why), literature, theater, and film. Trudy is a proud “old movie weirdo” and loves the Hollywood films of the 1930s and ’40s above all others. Other interests include classic rock music (Bruce Springsteen rules!) and history. Oh, and she was a Jeopardy! contestant back in 1998 and won two games. Not up there with Amy Schneider, but Trudy still takes pride in this achievement.