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Olympian Adam Rippon - NO

Cold shoulder to Veep

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Gay Olympic figure skater Adam Rippon made it clear he disapproved of the Trump administration’s choice to send Vice President Mike Pence as the ceremonial head of the US delegation.

LGBTQ Nation’s Bil Browning reports that gay Olympic figure skater Adam Rippon made it clear he disapproved of the Trump administration’s choice to send Vice President Mike Pence as the ceremonial head of the US delegation. And when the upset politician’s staff demanded a meeting with Rippon, the Olympian was even more clear: “No” means no.

The athlete told USA Today that he would not meet with Pence before the games opened because the politician supports “ex-gay therapy.”

“You mean Mike Pence, the same Mike Pence that funded gay conversion therapy?” Rippon said. “I’m not buying it.”

“I would absolutely not go out of my way to meet somebody who I felt has gone out of their way to not only show that they aren’t a friend of a gay person but that they think that they’re sick,” he said.

Pence argued that the Ryan White Care Act, providing funding for HIV/AIDS patients, should only be reauthorized “only after completion of an audit to ensure that federal dollars were no longer being given to organizations that celebrate and encourage the types of behaviors that facilitate the spreading of the HIV virus. Resources should be directed toward those institutions which provide assistance to those seeking to change their sexual behavior.”

Pence’s staff shot back immediately denying that the Vice President had ever supported conversion therapy despite the position he posted on his website. Despite pushback from reporters, Pence’s press secretary Alyssa Farah refused to say what Pence was referencing in the statement.