Out Olympian Gus Kenworthy and Boyfriend Share Historic Kiss (Video)
Openly-gay silver medalist Gus Kenworthy, one of the two openly-gay men competing for Team USA in the Winter Olympics, shared a historic kiss with his boyfriend Matthew Wilkas on live television during this yearâ€™s games.
â€œIn a sign of change from NBC in dealing with gay athletes,â€ OutSports reported Sunday, â€œthe network showed the couple kissing before Kenworthy competed and the commentators referred to Wilkas as Kenworthyâ€™s boyfriend.â€
â€œItâ€™s something I was too scared to do for myself,â€ Kenworthy said afterward. â€œTo be able to do that, to give him a kiss, to have that affection broadcast to the world, is incredible. The only way to really change perceptions, to break down barriers, break down homophobia, is through representation.â€
â€œThatâ€™s definitely not something I had as a kid,â€ he continued. â€œI never saw a gay athlete kissing their boyfriend at the Olympics. I think if I had, it wouldâ€™ve made it easier for me.â€
Ahead of the competition, Kenworthy shared his excitement that his â€œSeoul mateâ€ was with him at this yearâ€™s games:
My Seoul mate! So happy to have my bf, my family and some amazing friends here in Korea to cheer me on! Tomorrow’s the big day (tonight for y’all in the US) and win or lose I just wanna thank you all SO much for your support and encouragement. I wouldn’t be here without you. pic.twitter.com/XwqWKldwbN
â€” Gus Kenworthy (@guskenworthy) February 17, 2018
Twitter quickly celebrated their moment:
A first — NBC just showed Gus Kenworthy getting a kiss from his boyfriend Matt Wilkas on live TV at the @Olympics. https://t.co/WlAgM5edYb pic.twitter.com/5M3hP3kYCk
â€” Outsports (@outsports) February 18, 2018
Watching @guskenworthy kiss his boyfriend at the #WinterOlympics makes me so #proud ðŸ’ªðŸ’œðŸ³ï¸ðŸŒˆðŸ‡ºðŸ‡¸ðŸ…â›· #TeamUSA #TeamUSGay pic.twitter.com/77swMGCoSn
â€” Tim (@90sKidMutant) February 18, 2018
When you kiss your boyfriend at the #Olympics and the world DOESNâ€™T FREAK OUT. #progress #lovewins #ðŸŒˆðŸŒˆ pic.twitter.com/kuAmqzQWxQ
â€” jennymoss (@jennymoss) February 18, 2018
A kiss from his boyfriend from the top of the slope and a wave of rainbow flags at the bottom! Gus Kenworthy, you’re making so many LGBT Americans so very proud of you!!! ðŸ³ï¸ðŸŒˆðŸ‡ºðŸ‡¸ #Olympics #ItsGusBitch
â€” Rusty Hatchell (@rustyhatchell) February 18, 2018
That beautiful casual kiss between @guskenworthy and his boyfriend on @NBCOlympics â€” Iâ€™m old enough to understand how significant that is. â¤ï¸ðŸ³ï¸ðŸŒˆ
â€” Emma Grant â›·ðŸ’ðŸ‚â›¸ (@EmmaGrant_01) February 18, 2018
2018. One of the big four networks shows an out and proud Olympic athlete kiss his boyfriend. Thank you @guskenworthy @MattWilkas @NBCOlympics.
I canâ€™t wait to see an NFL player do that. #LoveOverBias
â€” Wolfgang ðŸ³ï¸ðŸŒˆ (@Golden_Gaytime) February 18, 2018
â€œThat was like a peck,â€ Wilkas told TIME with a laugh. â€œWe should have made out in front of people.â€
â€œItâ€™s unusual, right?â€ he reflected further. â€œItâ€™s good that itâ€™s televised because it normalizes it more. I would imagine it would be a huge moment for a young gay kid to see an awesome athlete so open and proud of himself and not caring what anyone thinks of his sexuality.â€
The coupleâ€™s happy moment follows a string of controversies surrounding notoriously anti-LGBT Mike Pence. You can check out NCRMâ€™s related coverage below:
â€˜Eat Your Heart Out, Penceâ€™: Out Olympians Celebrate 2018 Winter â€˜Gaymesâ€™
Second Openly-Gay Competitor: â€˜Itâ€™s Unfortunateâ€™ Mike Pence Will Lead Winter Olympics U.S. Delegation
Pence Calls Charge He Supported Conversion Therapy ‘#FAKENEWS’ in Riff Over Adam Rippon Interview
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Florida GOP Lawmaker Who Wrote ‘Don’t Say Gay’ Bill Facing Up to 35 Years After Pleading Guilty in COVID Fraud Case
Joe Harding, the now-former Florida Republican lawmaker who authored the extremist “Don’t Say Gay” bill could face up to 35 years in prison after pleading guilty Tuesday afternoon to federal felony fraud charges in a scheme to obtain $150,000 in COVID-19 relief funds, according to Florida Politics‘ publisher Peter Scorsch.
Harding, 35, was a construction project manager who started his own lawn care company. He quickly became a right-wing darling after his anti-LGBTQ legislation, officially the Parental Rights in Education Act, was embraced by Florida GOP Governor Ron DeSantis, who signed it into law.
Harding was charged in a December federal indictment with six counts of wire fraud, money laundering, and making false statements in his plot to obtain $150,000 in COVID funds.He resigned from the legislature the following day. He originally pled not guilty.
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After Harding was charged and resigned, Nadine Smith, the executive director of Equality Florida, responded via social media, saying: “So much harm to students, parents and teachers because of his raw political ambitions. He slandered entire communities and trafficked in lie after lie that has emboldened violent bigotry. He will have his day in court but his legacy is already a despicable one.”
Harding is not the only family member accused of criminal acts.
“Harding’s indictment follows a September guilty plea from his brother-in-law, Patrick Walsh,” Florida Politics reported in December. “As reported by Fresh Take Florida, Walsh pleaded guilty to wire fraud and money laundering charges connected to his receipt of nearly $8 million in disaster relief loans.”
Unrepentant to the harm many feel he has done to children and the LGBTQ community, in a statement Tuesday Harding said: “During the past legislative session I have felt the support of millions of Americans while fighting for our shared concerns and for the rights of parents. I will never forget the support I received from every corner of this great country.”
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Harding will be sentenced in July.
Florida’s Voice also reported Harding’s guilty plea Tuesday.
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‘Chilling’: Law Enforcement ‘Seriously’ Investigating Threats Ahead of Possible Trump Indictment Says Top WaPo Reporter
Ahead of a possible indictment of Donald Trump, law enforcement agencies are investigating “chilling” threats, including against Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, according to top Washington Post investigative reporter Carol Leonnig.
Leonnig was careful to say she is not aware of any of the threats being deemed credible, but also noted that “all sorts of law enforcement agencies” seem to be taking much more interest than some agencies did in the weeks before the January 6, 2021 insurrection.
“I have received copies and screenshots and internal documents and emails flagging concerns about specific protests, investigations into specific online threats that have been made that are not yet determined to be ‘credible and likely to occur’ but have been chilling nonetheless in terms of the threats that have been made about killing certain people,” Leonning, a Pulitzer-Prize winning author, said Tuesday on MSNBC’s “Deadline” White House.”
“Claims of, you know, ‘Alvin Bragg needs to needs to die,’ and claims online that could just be, you know, bravado, but are being seriously investigated and checked into this time around, ones that were not checked into as clearly at all in the weeks before January 6, despite significant warnings to the FBI about what these threats meant.”
Mirroring Leonnig’s reporting, Rolling Stone, citing law enforcement reports, on Tuesday noted: “Violent extremists are advocating lethal attacks and proclaiming their willingness to die for the cause.”
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“U.S. Capitol Police, the D.C. Fusion Center, and the Federal Highway Administration have all circulated warnings about the uptick in online threats over the past 48 hours. The bulletins and threat assessments detail some of the online threats and discussions about the use of specific tactics and methods for carrying out attacks — including online discussions about lethal attacks if Trump is arrested.”
On Saturday in an explosive series of social media posts Donald Trump urged his supporters to “protest” and “take our nation back.”
That “announcement was met with an immediate increase in violent online rhetoric and expressed threats toward government and law enforcement targets perceived as participating in a political persecution of the former president, as well as calls for ‘Civil War’ more generally.”
The DC Fusion Center, which analyzes threats, in a report stated it “assesses that potential criminal justice actions taken toward a former US president — or actions perceived to be taken toward the former president — remain a ‘line in the sand’ for [Domestic Violent Extremist] communities and thus have the potential to manifest in violence toward government targets or political officials,” Rolling Stone added.
Missouri Supreme Court Refuses to Disbar Lawyer Who Sexually Assaulted Six Women: Report
An 86-year old defense attorney will be allowed to keep his law license after the Missouri Supreme Court in a 4-3 ruling refused to disbar him despite having sexually assaulted six of his clients, all women.
Attorney Dan K. Purdy will be “indefinitely suspended from practicing law but allowed to apply for reinstatement after a year,” The Kansas City Star reports.
“In September 2020, Purdy made sexual advances toward four clients in a Vernon County jail interview room, including touching and kissing, that were confirmed by video provided by the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office,” The Star reports. “Each woman was later interviewed by officers and told them Purdy’s advances were unwanted.”
In addition to jail interview roos, Purdy’s sexual advances took place in court and in his car. All were locations where his clients might have felt uncomfortable to complain.
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“Purdy’s clients either did not know or did not realize they could repudiate his sexual advances,” Justice George W. Draper III wrote in the majority opinion.
There are seven justices on the Missouri Supreme Court, four appointed by Republican governors, three by Democratic governors. Four are men, three are women.
The ruling was not along party lines.
“In my view, neither the race, gender, ethnicity, nor age of an attorney should be taken into consideration to determine appropriate discipline,” wrote Justice Zel M. Fischer in his dissent. “In my view, Mr. Purdy’s conduct, which was clearly and explicitly depicted in the video evidence, warrants disbarment.”
“As recognized by the principal opinion, not only did Mr. Purdy sexually assault six female clients, he ‘exhibited a continued pattern or practice of improper and disturbing conduct, which continued, even after the present case was filed against him,'” Fischer noted. [Bolding in original text.]
Image of Missouri Supreme Court via Wikimedia
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