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Openly Gay Athletes

Skier Gus Kenworthy and figure er Adam Rippon shared a moment and a friendly kiss during the Opening Ceremony in PyeongChang.

From Nigeria’s first bobsled team to the Games’ first openly gay U.S. athletes, these athletes are breaking barriers at the Winter Olympics.

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Aug 15, 2013 · WWE superstar wrestler Darren publicly came out as gay during an unplanned interview with the news entertainment website TMZ late Wednesday. He is the first openly gay wrestler in the organization — which is the premier professional wrestling company — according to a tweet by WWE Executive

Feb 16, 2013 · Photos of athletes who have come out publicly as gay

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Few American football players have come out as gay.Six former National Football League (NFL) players have come out publicly after they retired. There has never been anyone who has been publicly out while playing in the NFL.

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Figure er Adam Rippon and skier Gus Kenworthy are the very first openly gay U.S. athletes to qualify for the Winter Olympics

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Being one of at least two openly gay athletes at the Games in February will be a stark change for Kenworthy, who was closeted when he competed at the Russia Olympics in 2014, landing on the podium in slopestyle skiing.

Being closeted or in the closet means being aware of one’s lesbian, gay or bisexual orientation or true gender identity yet averse to revealing it because of various personal or social motivations.

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Adam Rippon has qualified for the 2018 Pyeongchang Games, making him the first openly gay U.S. athlete to ever qualify for the Winter Olympics.

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Jun 24, 2016 · As Chicago stages Pride Parade to celebrate the LGBTQ community’s progress, there’s only one openly gay male athlete in …

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