America’s first openly gay figure skater to compete at the Olympics continues his amazing year by being honoured by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC). In a dinner in Los Angeles over the weekend Adam Rippon received the prestigious Visibility Award from the activist organisation.
“By being out and proud, Adam is bringing LGBTQ visibility to a whole new level while capturing the hearts of millions around the world with his incredible talent and personality,” said HRC president Chad Griffin. “He isn’t afraid to use his global platform to speak out for equality, and we are proud to honor him with the HRC Visibility Award at the 2018 HRC Los Angeles Dinner.”
Talking ahead of the dinner about publically coming out, Rippon said he was hesitant at first “but at the end of the day, I felt like it was important, and it was an opportunity to shine a light on a subject that was bigger than me. I know when I was coming out I drew strength from learning about other people’s stories and hopefully my story will do the same for others.”
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