Adam Rippon: LGBTQ Skater Jun 23, 2019 4:45:18 GMT
Post by Admin on Jun 23, 2019 4:45:18 GMT
The Olympic-medal winning figure skater made waves for criticizing Vice President Mike Pence over his anti-LGBTQ policies when he led the U.S. delegation to the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, and he hasn't stopped taking a stand since. He joined several of his fellow Olympians that year in skipping the traditional White House visit post-Games. He openly discussed a starvation diet he went on in 2016 to start a conversation about eating disorders and body image.
And in a recent interview with Mashable, he criticized President Donald Trump, and the normalization of his hate speech. He also trumpeted the Equality Act, which would prevent employers, landlords, and others from discriminating against someone based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.
Mashable: What’s the biggest political, social, or cultural issue that’s boggling your mind these days?
AR: Every day I am boggled by how the things Donald Trump says don’t discredit him from being president. I am all day and every day completely blown away with what he's able to say, do, and deny. I hate that all the lying and hate has become so normal.
Mashable: You have a cameo in Taylor Swift's new music video for "You need to calm down," which is a big political statement from a pop star we're not used to seeing make big political statements. What made you want to participate in this project and what are your own thoughts on the Equality Act, which gets its own cameo at the end?
AR: The Equality Act needs to get passed. It’s time we have equal protections for all people.
I’m so proud to have worked with Taylor and everyone involved in the #YNTCD [You Need to Calm Down] project. It’s a huge political statement and to have someone as iconic as Taylor Swift put this together is monumental. She is a big supporter of our community and for her to use her voice to make this statement of support and solidarity and more importantly to use it to encourage action from her massive audience is epic. I think this will be a defining moment of this summer’s Pride celebrations.
As a friend and fan, I am so proud. If I heard a song like this as a young kid, it would have made me feel a lot different about myself and helped me on my journey.