Gus Kenworthy Talks about his Coming Out Journey on ‘CONAN’
Out Olympic freeskier Gus Kenworthy stopped by Conan O’Brien last night and talked about how he almost came on Live TV at the Olympics.
Kenworthy said he’s known he’s gay his whole life but was really afraid to come out. He said he thought about coming out in a very dramatic way at Sochi. He had this gutsy idea for coming out that involved the biggest kiss the Olympics had ever seen.
“Leading into the Russian Olympics there was all this anti-LGBT legislature and they had warned people about… if you’re gay…or if any of the athletes are gay, like, try not to show it because it’s very unsafe, it’s not accepted. And I was like, that’s bulls–t! I wasn’t even out. But I was like, that’s ridiculous.”
“I had a boyfriend at the time and had kind of talked about landing the best run ever and winning an Olympic gold medal and kissing him at the bottom and… That would be my way of telling everyone. But it didn’t happen, and I’m glad it didn’t because I hadn’t told my mom, my dad, my brothers. It would have not only been a shock to the sport and to the Olympics, but my family would have been like, what the hell?”
Watch the full interview: