Watch Adam Rippon’s powerful speech after winning human rights award

Adam Rippon is awarded the HRC Visibility Award. | Photo: Facebook/HRC Olympics figure skating medallist and new gay icon, Adam Rippon, has delivered an emotional award acceptance speech. Rippon received the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Visibility Award at the 2018 HRC Los Angeles Dinner on Saturday (10 March). Fellow out Winter Olympian, Gus Kenworthy, introduced Rippon at the ceremony. Rippon was the first openly gay man to compete for the US at the Olympics. He also publicly sparred with Vice President Mike Pence bringing a new focus on Pence’s long anti-LGBTQ record. Rippon delivered a moving acceptance speech about how he came to terms with his sexuality. ‘I was afraid that I wouldn’t be welcomed by the LGBTQ community because someone like me wouldn’t be the role model they were looking for,’ he said in his speech. ‘Maybe I was too gay, maybe I was just too myself.’ The 28-year-old said he had spent a lot of his life depressed and unafraid. When he made the choice to be ‘unafraid’ and truly be himself he learned what the true meaning of champion was. He also had a message for young people whatever their race, whether they are LGBTI or […]