By | The Scope Weekly |
Rippon won the nation’s heart while competing as an openly gay athlete in the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang and helping the U.S. Figure Skating Team take home a bronze medal.
“This year America fell in love with our LGBTQ Olympians, and Adam Rippon stood out in that esteemed crowd with his activism, passion, humor, and willingness to always be himself,” said Sarah Kate Ellis, President, and CEO of GLAAD. “Adam is a champion who will accelerate acceptance for LGBTQ youth and inspire them to achieve their dreams while proudly living their truth.”
Rippon’s desire to show up to life out and proud fueled his partnership with GLAAD. According to recent data from GLAAD and The Harris Poll, 20% of Millennials identify as LGBTQ. GLAAD and The Harris Poll’s latest Accelerating Acceptance report also shows a decline in LGBTQ acceptance. Rippon and GLAAD agree that the key to changing hearts and minds is our nation’s youth.
Speaking about his relationship with GLAAD to Ellen, Rippon said, “I’m working with [GLAAD’s] youth engagement program and you know this is so important because we’re reaching these kids and they’re becoming activists in their community. When I was young, to have somebody out there that I could’ve looked up to, it would’ve made a world of difference, and it would’ve changed my life. To have these young kids out there changing the world, this is something that I need to be a part of.”
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