The U.S. delegation for the 2018 Winter Olympic Games is being lead by Vice President Mike Pence although there are many reasons that make him anything but the best choice for the role, considering he already tried to create division on social media when his spokesperson put out a tweet blasting a CNN story about Kim Jong Un’s sister.
Now, some gay athletes are also being critical of the vice president’s role. Gus Kenworthy, who is one of the two openly gay male athletes to represent the U.S. in the Winter Olympics told Ellen Degeneres:
‘[Pence] seems like such a strange choice,” Kenworthy said Monday on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
‘To have somebody leading the delegation that’s directly attacked the LGBTQ community, and a Cabinet in general that just sort of stands against us and has tried to do things to set us back, it just seems like a bad fit.’
Pence has been anything but an advocate for the LGBTQ community, evidenced by his signing of a religious freedom law as the governor of Indiana, which amounted to legalizing discrimination of LGBTQ people. Pence even supported a constitutional amendment to define marriage as between one man and one woman.
The Trump Administration in general hasn’t advocated for any beneficial policies for LGBTQ community, but instead tried to block transgender people from enlisting in the military.
Kenworthy went on to tell Ellen:
‘I feel like the Olympics is all about inclusion and people coming together, and it seems like it’s not really doing that.’
He continued saying that he would not “go out of my way” to meet Pence at the Olympics. He said:
‘(Pence) doesn’t stand for anything I really believe in.’
Here is Kenworthy’s post on Instagram:
Here’s what people had to say to Pence on Twitter:
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