On Oct. 22, 2015, Gus Kenworthy publicly came out as gay.
The 24 -year-old opened up about his virility to ESPN, which included his narrative in its Being Out Issue, on newsstands Oct. 30, 2015.
In case you need reminding, Kenworthy is the American freestyle skier who triumphed a silver medal at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia…
Photo by Antonin Thuillier/ AFP/ Getty Images.
…and then became additional far-famed for rescuing five stray puppies while he was there.
Driving to the beach with @robindmacdonald and @thesochipups !
A photo posted by gus kenworthy (@ guskenworthy) on May 7, 2015 at 4:00 pm PDT
At long last-place, I’ve felt them! Today is a happy epoch 🙂 # puppies #sochistrays #howdoibringthemhome
A photo posted by gus kenworthy (@ guskenworthy) on Feb 11, 2014 at 7:08 am PST
The puppies got a lot of tending upon returning to the U.S ., too, as evidenced by their popular( and ridiculously adorable) Instagram account.
After the ESPN story was published online this week, the Internet’s crush on Kenworthy got about 10 x stronger.
A lot of beings had a lot of genuinely supportive things to say about his announcement.
Like, for instance, Miley Cyrus , who mentioned that Kenworthy might lend a helping hand in supporting her advocacy work for homeless LGBTQ youth…
My hero @guskenworthy @happyhippiefdn
A photo posted by Miley Cyrus (@ mileycyrus) on Oct 22, 2015 at 2:44 pm PDT
And retired NBA sun Jason Collins , who surely knows what it feels like to come out of the closet with the whole world watching…
And even the official Team USA , which couldn’t be prouder to bawl him their own.
But while support for Kenworthy ran viral, it was also tough be informed about the struggles he’d faced before came to see you publicly.
Even though Kenworthy inaugurated coming out to affectionate, close friends and supportive own family members a duet years ago, coming out to everyone especially as a endorse in the field covered by war athletics was a even harder feat to complete.
“I was insecure and ashamed, ” he told ESPN. “Unless you’re homosexual, being gay has never been looked at as being cool. And I wanted to be cool.”
Attracting an onslaught of female scrutiny due to his renown as a skier something numerous people wouldn’t, you are familiar with, memory having actually became a source of agony and disorder for him as well.
“I know fixing up with hot girls doesn’t sound like the worst act in the world. But I literally would sleep with a girl and then outcry about it afterwards. I’m like, ‘What am I doing? I don’t just knowing that I’m doing.'” Gus Kenworthy
The Olympian remarked living in the closet resulted in an ongoing battle with hollow and strifes with anxiety. At one point, he was suicidal .
Kenworthy’s story suffices as a good reminder that although we’ve attain a long way in LGBTQ acceptance, came to see you can still be( and in many cases is) an excruciatingly difficult process especially in the world of sports.
The good information is that Kenworthy has been “truly blown away” by the amount of charity communicated his room this week.
Watching his legend go public was an understandably emotional experience…
…but reactions from love( and his mom) have been very appreciated.
Now Kenworthy seems ready to start living his best, most honest life.
He says he hopes his authenticity will be another step forward in attaining the came to see you process a little bit easier and not-so-newsworthy for others down the road.
A lot can be learned from the Olympian’s story. But Kenworthy said it best by quoting one of the greats.
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