By: Paul Goldberg, Staff Writer
Gay Olympic figure skater Adam Rippon, who has made public statements criticizes the Trump administration on their views towards the LGBT community, turned down publicly a invitation to meet with vice president Mike Pence.
Leading the U.S. delegation to the Olympics in South Korea, the adorable athlete Adam Rippon, stands tall in representing the LGBTQ community during the 2018 Olympics taking place in South Korea and after Pence heard of the public turn down, insiders say that the vice president was upset and critized Rippon’s criticism of his own behavior.
I guess the vice president is suffering from memory loss syndrome when it comes to his track record on anti-LGBT policies as governor and as a former United States congressman.
In fact Adam made headlines last month when he said that in his opinion, vice president Pence was a bad choice to lead the delegation because the vice president was a major endorser of the debunked conversion therapy, which has been used by anti-LGBT abusers who often practice harmful techniques on young gay people to make them straight.
After the backlash over his endorsement of the practice, the vice president’s press secretary said that Pence denied ever supporting conversion therapy.
Again, Pence and his staff are suffering from that darn memory loss syndrome as he has a track record of taking stands that any one with common sense would see that he shares the conversion therapy views especially when back in his 2000 campaign for Congress, he had promoted funding groups that help people “change their sexual behavior” and to fight the spread of HIV and AIDS.
Plus let us not forget the backlash he received as Governor of Indiana prior to his rise to the VP position when he signed into law the highly covered anti-LGBT legislative bill that immediately generated backlash from business nationwide who threatened to cancel projects and special events. Needless to say, the bill was revised and passed in record speed for any state legislative body.
USA Today reported that Mike Pence ‘was so concerned about the criticism’ from the young gay Olympic athlete that he had members of his staff go to the extraordinary length of lobbying the U.S. Olympic Committee to arrange a conversation between Pence and Rippon — an offer Rippon immediately turned down.
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