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Gus Kenworthy kissed actor boyfriend Matthew Wilkas on live television at the Winter Olympics

Gus Kenworthy didn’t win a medal at the Winter Olympics but he still got plenty of attention for competing as an out and proud athlete. Kenworthy was one of eight skiers to score 90 or better in qualifying for the afternoon final at the Phoenix Snow Park but ultimately failed to land any of his three runs and finished last out of 12 finalists.

On one hand it was a comedown for Kenworthy, who captured the silver in the same event four years ago in Sochi while closeted. On the other, the 26-year-old from Colorado took heart in knowing he put his best effort forth on a global stage as his true self.

“I didn’t even know that that was a televised moment at all, but I think that’s amazing,” Kenworthy said afterward. “That’s something that I wanted at the last Olympics was to share a kiss with my boyfriend at the bottom and it was something that I was too scared to do for myself. And so to be able to do that, to give him a kiss, to have that affection broadcasted for the world is incredible.

“I think that the only way to really change perceptions, break down homophobia, break down barriers is through representation. That’s definitely not something I had as a kid. I definitely didn’t see a gay athlete at the Olympics kissing their boyfriend and I think that if I had it would have made it a lot easier for me, so hopefully it did that for other people.”

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4 Remarks

  1. You guys have no idea how much hate I have read about kiss today. It is sad to waste such hate on a simple kiss. I feel sorry for the haters.

  2. Sorry for his injuries and not finishing with a medal, but he is absolutely adorable and he makes me very proud. I will be so happy when two men kissing at a sporting event won’t be a news story anymore.

  3. fighting hate and bigotry are what you 2 are all about..thanks for making the rest of us proud that you are open and yourselves and that indeed you made millions of us proud to call you both our brothers!!!

  4. @Tim, I have a very aware of how much hate is out there. I see it too as I read the regular media comment boards. To me, haters are losers and nothing more.

    @Joe, Gus makes me very proud too! Love him.

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