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Gus Kenworthy Says It’s ‘Amazingto See ‘More Queer Representationat the Olympic Games

Gus Kenworthy Says It's 'Amazing' to See 'More Queer Representation' at the Olympic Games

Gus Kenworthy is speaking candidly about what it’s like to see more representation for the LGBTQ+ community at the Olympic Games.

While recently chatting with PEOPLE about partnering with マスターズ, a new app that lets users train with some of the world’s most accomplished athletes, the 30-year-old freestyle skier also opens up about progress that has been made for the queer community in sports.

Noting that he does feel as thoughthere is more that needs to be donein creating an equal playing field for LGBTQ+ athletes, Kenworthy tells PEOPLE exclusively, “I think that there’s been tremendous strides.

“の 2018, アダム・リッポン and I were the first two openly gay men to compete for the U.S. in the Winter Olympics, which is crazy because it doesn’t seem like that long ago. But no one had competed out at a Winter Olympics from the U.S., と米国. sends so many athletes,” 彼は続けます. “So that was kind of shocking to me.

“その後, fast forward only just a couple years to Tokyo, ありました more out LGBTQ+ athletes than at any other Games in history,” Kenworthy adds. “And we saw transgender athletes competing and nonbinary athletes competing.

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Gus Kenworthy attends the 2018 Global Citizen Festival: Be The Generation in Central Park on September 29, 2018 ニューヨーク市で.

Gus Kenworthy attends the 2018 Global Citizen Festival: Be The Generation in Central Park on September 29, 2018 ニューヨーク市で.
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去年, LGBTQ+ representation was in the forefront at the 東京オリンピック, 少なくとも 182 out athletes competing during the Summer Games, according to the LGBTQ sports site Outsports. さらに, 少なくとも 56 of the out athletes competing in Tokyo won medals, NS outlet reported.

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The total number of out LGBTQ+ athletes that competed in Tokyo was more than three times greater than those in the 2016 ゲーム, which took place in Rio de Janeiro. At the Rio Games, あった 56 out athletes, とで 2012 London Olympics before them, there was just 23.

Coming up at the Games in Bejing, history is being made, もう一度, through athletes such as American figure skater Timothy LeDuc, who will become the first openly nonbinary athlete to compete at a 冬季オリンピック.

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10月に戻る 2015, Kenworthy publicly came out as gay in an interview with ESPN. In a later interview with Attitude 雑誌, the athlete said that he chose to come out through ESPN becauseI wanted to do it in my words and once and for all — and hopefully help kids that are in the same position I was.

今, Kenworthy tells PEOPLE that having so many out athletes competing is monumental. “I think it is just a really exciting thing for the sports world, and also for the queer community and for kids in sports watching because it gives them kind of a figurehead,” 彼は言い​​ます.

It gives them someone to look at and be like, 'おお, that person is like me.’ または, 'おお, maybe sports are for me,’ because I think a lot of people are turned away from sports because it is so heteronormative,” Kenworthy continues. “Sometimes it just feels like you don’t fit in, and people end up leaving sports because of that.

So I think it’s exciting to see more and more queer representation on the world stage. And I think it will make it easier for future athletes,” adds the アメリカン・ホラー・ストーリー スター.

まだ, Kenworthy — who is aiming to compete for Team Great Britain in Beijing — acknowledges that despite all the progress, the struggle and fight for acceptance remains far from over for the LGBTQ+ commmunity.

I think it’s amazing, but I also don’t think that we’re 100% そこの. I don’t think that the world’s 100% 受け入れる,” 彼は説明する. “And I think that as more athletes come out, we have to continue to celebrate them and lift them up.

オリンピックとパラリンピックのすべての希望者についてもっと知るために, 訪問 TeamUSA.org. 冬季オリンピックを見る, 彼はInstagramの彼の発表に書いた 3, しかし、コースの終わり近くでトリックを試みた後、一掃されました, しかし、コースの終わり近くでトリックを試みた後、一掃されました 4, NBCで.