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Olympic athlete Gus Kenworthy has responded sharply to antigay skiers complaining about an LGBTQ pride week at a popular Colorado ski resort.
Breck Pride week is an annual tradition at Breckenridge Ski Resort and they advertised the event on Instagram. It didn’t take long for the usual suspects to arrive complaining that there’s isn’t a “straight week” and that the resort was “politicizing” sports.
Kenworthy, who won the silver medal in Men’s slopestyle at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, wasn’t having it. He posted a screenshot of various comments from the thread to Twitter – complete with the users’ screen names – with a pointed message to the homophobes.
“Do the world a favor and stay the f–k home.”
While the resort responded to the rude comments with rainbow heart emojis, it didn’t stop the less enlightened from posting comments like, “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?” or “This is almost forcing your views on to other people that are just tryna shred. You are making the place that people go to escape filled with political bs.”
“Always saddened by the homophobia on Pride posts,” Kenworthy said in his tweet. “If seeing a rainbow flag while you’re on vacation upsets you then please do the world a favor and stay the f–k at home. Thank you to the many ski resorts that designate a week to making more people feel welcomed, included & safe!”
Kenworthy came out after he won the silver medal in Sochi. When he kissed his boyfriend after completing a run at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, the smooch was broadcast live on television and heavily reported as a milestone for LGBTQ acceptance at the Olympics.
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