Gay skating sensation to boycott Trump's Team USA party to protest 'homophobic' leadership

Gay skating sensation to boycott Trump's Team USA party to protest 'homophobic' leadership

The athlete said that although he would miss the grand event, he would probably stage one of his own to highlight his campaign against homophobia and advocate LGBTQ rights.

Terming the country's leadership as homophobic, Olympics skating star Adam Rippon on Monday announced that he will not attend President Donald Trump's White House party for Team USA. 

Twenty eight-year-old Rippon, who is openly gay, won a team bronze medal at his first Olympics on Sunday night in South Korea's Winter Olympics event.

The star said that he would skip the traditional gathering at the White House in protest, as he consider's the country's leadership as homophobic, according to Daily Mail.

Adam Rippon of the United States skates during the Men's Single Skating section of the Team Event on day three of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Ice Arena on February 12, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea. (Getty Images)

The athlete, on Sunday, trended number one on Twitter after he finished his skating routine.

Rippon said that he reached his decision to not go to the White House "to support my community."

Bronze medalists Nathan Chen, Adam Rippon and Mirai Nagasu of Team United States celebrate during the victory ceremony after the Figure Skating Team Event at Medal Plaza on February 12, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Getty Images)

"No. I have no desire to go to the White House. But I would like to do something to help my community," Rippon said while speaking to the Daily Mail. "I have kind of spoken out a lot and I’d I like to do something positive and not just stay at home."

The athlete said that although he would miss the grand event, he would probably stage one of his own to highlight his campaign against homophobia and advocate LGBTQ rights.

Adam Rippon of the United States skates during the Men's Single Skating section of the Team Event on day three of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Ice Arena on February 12, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea. (Getty Images)

The star skater also reportedly refused to meet Vice-President Mike Pence when the leader visited the Olympics event site in South Korea. Rippon claimed Pence's support for "homosexual conversion therapy" as one of the reasons for his refusal.

The US president traditionally invites all American Olympians for a reception in the White House. Former President Barack Obama had invited both the summer and winter Olympics athletes on two separate occasions. 

Adam Rippon of the United States skates during the Men's Single Skating section of the Team Event on day three of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Ice Arena on February 12, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea. (Getty Images)

Rippon, during the Pyeongchang Olympics, dazzled many as he danced and skated through his routine as part of the US Team Event to “Arrival of the Birds/Exodus” by The Cinematic Orchestra and “O” by Coldplay, according to reports.

Adam Rippon of the United States reacts to his score in the Figure Skating Team Event – Men's Single Free Skating on day three of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Ice Arena. (Getty Images)

When he was told that he trended number one on Twitter, Rippon said: "I have always spoken my mind but at same I have always spoken from the heart. I have a great story. I want people to get to know me, but today it is about this awesome group of people (his US team mates )."

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