The first openly gay men to compete in the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics shared a smooch in protest of Vice President Mike Pence.
Gus Kenworthy and Adam Rippon, United States athletes in freestyle skiing and figure skating respectfully, shared a kiss on social media this weekend.
“We’re here. We’re queer. Get used to it,” Kenworthy wrote on Twitter.
He added on Instagram: “I feel incredibly honored to be here in Korea competing for the US and I'm so proud to be representing the LGBTQ community alongside this amazing guy!” He left a message for the vice president: “Eat your heart out, Pence.”
This Instagram post comes after Rippon recently declined to meet with Pence at the Olympics.
According to USA Today, Pence requested the U.S. Olympic Committee to arrange a meeting with Rippon after the skater criticized Pence for leading the U.S. delegation to the Olympic opening ceremony.
“You mean Mike Pence, the same Mike Pence that funded gay conversion therapy? I’m not buying it,” he said.
Pence’s press secretary Alyssa Farah responded to USA Today Sports, saying “The vice president is proud to lead the U.S. delegation to the Olympics and support America’s incredible athletes. This accusation is totally false and has no basis in fact. Despite these misinformed claims, the vice president will be enthusiastically supporting all the U.S. athletes competing next month in Pyeongchang.”
Later, Pence went to Twitter, accusing USA Today of spouting “FAKE NEWS.”
“[email protected] I want you to know we are FOR YOU,” he wrote. “Don’t let fake news distract you. I am proud of you and ALL OF OUR GREAT athletes and my only hope for you and all of #TeamUSA is to bring home the gold. Go get ‘em!”
.@Adaripp I want you to know we are FOR YOU. Don’t let fake news distract you. I am proud of you and ALL OF OUR GREAT athletes and my only hope for you and all of #TeamUSA is to bring home the gold. Go get ‘em!— Vice President Mike Pence (@VP) February 8, 2018