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Gus Kenworthy accepts Point Leadership Award and recalls the “blur of depression and anxiety” of being closeted

Olympic medalist Gus Kenworthy was honored by the Point Foundation at its 2019 New York gala on Monday. Point is the largest scholarship granting organization in the United States for LGBTQ students of merit.

Gus told students in the room that “I wish that I had the courage to be myself when I was in high school. But it took me many years to get to that point. We often face ridicule and we fear torment. My time spent in the closet is a blur of depression and anxiety.”

He added: “I remember wishing more than anything else that I were just straight. I would literally pray that I might wake up and not be gay anymore. I would be ‘normal’ and the rest of my life would be easy. I worked twice as hard at everything I did to make up for the fact that I was gay – something I thought was a shortcoming at the time.”

Watch his full speech below:

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