Want to know 8 things not to ask a gay person? Olympic freeskier Gus Kenworthy has some tips
Gus Kenworthy, currently the world’s best freeskier, only came out publicly last month.
But the 2014 Olympian knows the things people should not say to their gay friends and shares them this week in a YouTube video with Teen Vogue‘s Phillip Picardi.
Among them is: ‘You don’t really seem gay.’
Says Gus: ‘It feeds off of stereotypes of what gay is and should be and shouldn’t be and that’s sort of ridiculous.’
Another unwelcome remark is: ‘Are you sure you’re gay?’
Of that one Gus says: ‘I’ve gotten that so many tomes since I came out. I’ve literally had friends text me and say, “I’m so supportive but like are you sure?” I’m like, “Yeah, I’m pretty sure.”‘
They also have no patience for ‘You’re my gay best friend’ or the popular abbreviation ‘GBF.’
Kenworthy jokes that if anyone refers to him as their GBF, he’s going ‘to assume they mean gorgeous … or Gus.’
And then there is this foot in mouth remark: ‘Oh my God I love gay boys – let’s be friends.’
Says Kenworthy: ‘If that’s your opening line as to why we should be friends, I doubt it’s going to work out as a friendship.’
Other remarks to avoid: ‘Why are all the hot ones gay?’ ‘You should meet my other gay friend’ ‘How did you come out?’ and ‘Gay guys just love me.’