Gus Kenworthy made history after coming out in 2015 as the first out and proud action sports star. Now with a Sochi silver medal around his neck, the Olympic finalist has become a powerful role model to a new generation of queer youth, diversifying what an LGBTQ person can or can't be and leading by example. Speaking exclusively with Gay Times, Gus talks to us on the importance of representation, his close friendship with fellow olympian Adam Rippon, and his upcoming spot as a guest judge on RuPaul's Drag Race.
“I think it’s important for LGBTQ people to have visibility in all walks of life and sports in particular because it’s an area where we lack representation. I think there’s a fear of coming out because it’s so heteronormative and so heterosexually dominated, making it feel isolating and that you’re setting yourself up as an outcast.”