Mis niñaaas, les tengo que contars esta historia que me rompió la corazona!!!! Resulta que el competidors olímpico de esquí en nieve, Gus Kenworthy está participando en un show de MTV que se llama The Challenge: Champs vs. Props, una serie especial de seis semanas donde 10 atletas profesionales compiten contra 10 deportistas que no lo son.
En dicho programa, el guapísimo Gus fue cuestionado acerca de su sexualidad, lo que lo llevó al borde de las lágrimas: “Siempre pensé que mi vida como esquiador y como un hombre gay no podía coexistir. El dolor de sostener esta mentira y el dolor de estar en el armario era mayor que el miedo de salir”, dijo a la ex campeona del desafío, Cara Maria.
También dijo que después de habers salido del clóset, le sorprendió el apoyo de los patrocinadores porque obviamentaaa esperaba una respuesta negativa, sin embargo no fue así!!!! Fue en 2015 durante una entrevista en ESPN que compartió con toda la mundaaa sus verdaderos sentimientos, incluso dijo estars seguro de sus preferencias desde los cinco años y que por supuestaaa lo confirmó durante su adolescencia.
If you didn’t know already, I am currently on The Challenge: Champs vs. Pros on MTV. It’s a 6 week special season where a bunch of pro athletes competed against winners from previous seasons of the show for $100,000 toward their respective charity. Since both the charities I played for (The Happy Hippie Foundation and The Trevor Project) are LGBTQ charities the producers asked me if I would mind sharing my coming out story on camera. At first I was reluctant to talk about it, not because I’m ashamed of anything, but more-so because I’ve spoken about it so much in interviews that it kind of feels like overkill at this point. Still they encouraged me to sit down with Cara Maria (who’s wonderful btw) and chat with her about my experience. They said that their audience is a much different demographic than my story may have already reached and that it could help a lot of viewers who may be in similar situations. The reason I’m explaining this all is because I don’t want people to think I’m “milking” my coming out for press or anything like that. I feel very proud to be a part of the LGBTQ+ community and after so many years in the closet I enjoy getting to be “out”, visible and authentic about who I am. If me talking about my experience in turn helps empower others then that makes it all the more meaningful. I read some comments today on this same video on a different site and people were kind of ripping me apart for the “sob” story. I just want to clear up that these are happy tears, not sad ones, and as corny as it sounds, nothing has made me happier or more fulfilled than coming out and living my life genuinely, so yes, speaking about it does make me a little emotional. Yes, I was scared to come out. No, not for fear of my safety of physical well-being but for my livelihood and how it would change things in the sport I had worked hard to climb to the top of. I think a lot of LGBTQ people in various occupations can resonate with the fear of coming out and how it might affect their professional life. Yes, I understand that there are people who’s stories are much more courageous than mine, that’s a no brainer. I feel very lucky to have a supportive family and friends and to live in a part of the world where my love is legal. It breaks my heart to think about those who aren’t able to be their true selves because it could get them beaten up, imprisoned or killed. Those who risk their safety and find the strength to let their light shine in the darkest of situations are certainly brighter lights than I am, but even my light, or yours, still helps to drive away darkness a little bit at a time. All I can offer is visibility and encouragement that life is better on the other side of the closet. Anyway, sorry for the essay – here is a clip of me crying on National TV.
Posted by Gus Kenworthy on Friday, June 2, 2017