Today Athlete Ally applauds Olympic freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy, who spoke for the first time about being gay in a cover story with ESPN magazine. Kenworthy earned a silver medal at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi.
Statement from Athlete Ally Executive Director Hudson Taylor
“As an Olympic athlete at the prime of his career, Gus has made it easier for other athletes to be open about who they are, and who they love. We applaud Gus for telling his story — and thereby helping ensure that every athlete seeking to fulfill their Olympic dream, will be treated with dignity and respect, regardless of sexual orientation. “
Athlete Ally’s mission is to educate and activate athletic communities to eliminate homophobia and transphobia in sports and to exercise their leadership to champion LGBT equality. Founded in 2011, Athlete Ally has worked with the NBA, WNBA, and MLB on matters of respect and inclusion; led the Principle 6 campaign that convinced the International Olympic Committee to include sexual orientation in the non-discrimination clause of the Olympic Charter; and counts more than 100 college, professional, and Olympic athletes among its dedicated and active Ambassadors.