Gus Kenworthy is not skiing around your blatant homophobia.
The Olympic freeskier recently tweeted screenshots of anti-LGBTQ comments posted in response to Breck Pride Week, an annual LGBTQ-inclusive ski event held at Colorado’s Breckenridge Ski Resort.
Breckenridge advertised the event, which will take place April 3–7, on social media with an photo of skiers carrying a large Pride flag down a slope.
Always saddened by the homophobia on Pride posts. If seeing a rainbow flag while you're on vacation upsets you then please do the world a favor and stay the fuck at home. Thank you to the many ski resorts that designate a week to making more people feel welcomed, included & safe! pic.twitter.com/410uLAySIF
— Gus Kenworthy (@guskenworthy) March 26, 2019
“Okay, my question is, why don’t we have a straight event for those who are straight, why does being lgbt make you more special than anyone else?” one follower asked.
“This is almost forcing your views on to other people that are just tryna shred,” wrote another ski bum. “You are making the place that people go to escape filled with political bs.”
The resort’s Instagram account responded to most of these ignorant and hateful comments with rainbow heart emojis.
“Always saddened by the homophobia on Pride posts,” Kenworthy wrote. “If seeing a rainbow flag while you’re on vacation upsets you then please do the world a favor and stay the fuck at home.”
“Thank you to the many ski resorts that designate a week to making more people feel welcomed, included & safe!”
Kenworthy came out publicly as gay in 2015 after winning a silver medal at the 2014 Sochi Games. While he didn’t reach the podium at the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang, his televised smooch with boyfriend Matt Wilkas is believed to be the first same-sex kiss aired during the Olympics.
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