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Eric Radford becomes first out athlete to win gold at Winter Olympics

Posted: 12 Feb 2018 10:02 AM PST

Eric Radford (Photo courtesy of Instagram)

Canadian Eric Radford has made history as the first openly gay athlete to win gold at the Winter Olympics.

Radford, 33, and his partner Meagan Duhamel won the medal for team figure skating for their free skate to “Hometown Glory” by Adele. The first ever openly gay athlete to win gold was Australian diver Matthew Mitcham who received the honor at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.

“This is amazing! I literally feel like I might explode with pride. #Olympics #outandproud,” Radford tweeted about his historic win.

Radford also celebrated with Adam Rippon who contributed to Team USA’s bronze medal win for team figure skating.

“So proud to be wearing these medals and showing the world what we can do! #Represent,” Radford captioned a photo of them both along with a rainbow flag.

‘Gays for Trump’ planning Lincoln Memorial rally

Posted: 12 Feb 2018 09:55 AM PST

Gays for Trump, March4Trump, gay news, Washington Blade

Peter Boykin is helping to organize a pro-Trump rally next month. (Washington Blade photo by Lou Chibbaro, Jr.)

For the second year in a row the head of the group Gays for Trump is playing a lead role in organizing a march and rally in the nation's capital on March 4 in support of President Donald Trump.

A rally associated with the upcoming event billed as "March4Trump" is scheduled to take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 4, on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. At 4 p.m. participants attending the event will march from the Lincoln Memorial to the White House, according to an announcement by an organization called TheMagaNetwork.

The organization, which stands for Make America Great Again Network, was founded by Gays for Trump founder and president Peter Boykin. Boykin told the Washington Blade a broad coalition of Trump supporters, both gay and straight, are helping to organize the event and are expected to attend.

In an application for a permit to reserve the Lincoln Memorial grounds for the March 4 rally Boykin said organizers expect as many as 1,000 people to turn out.

"I think Trump is doing very well," said Boykin. "I give Donald Trump big praise," he said referring to the Trump administration's first year in office.

Although he had reservations over Trump's decision to reinstate a ban against transgender people serving in the U.S. military, Boykin said he sees no reversal of the rights of gays, lesbians, and bisexual people under the Trump administration despite "fake news" to the contrary being spread by what Boykin called the liberal media and liberal-left LGBT organizations.

During last year's March4Trump event, which was held on the grounds of the Washington Monument, at least four gay speakers, including Boykin, who declared their strong support for Trump, were cheered loudly by several hundred people attending the event.

Similar to plans for this year's event, participants in last year's March4Trump marched from the Washington Monument grounds to Lafayette Park across the street from the White House, where they held a smaller rally before dispersing.

Adam Rippon makes Olympic debut, helps Team USA take bronze

Posted: 12 Feb 2018 09:40 AM PST

Adam Rippon (Screenshot courtesy of Twitter)

Adam Rippon made his Olympic debut on Monday and helped Team USA secure the bronze medal.

The 28-year-old rookie finished third in the men’s free skate with 172.98 points contributing to the team score. Mikhail Kolyada for Olympic Athletes of Russia came in second and Canada’s Patrick Chan scored the top spot.

While Rippon made the top three, some viewers were upset judges scored Kolyada and Chan higher than Rippon, even though both figure skaters fell.

Rippon has also been a star off the ice with his candid interviews. In an interview with NBC Sports' Mike Tirico, Rippon was asked what was on his mind when the competition started.

"I want to throw up," Rippon replied. "I want to go over to the judges and say, 'Can I just have a Xanax and a quick drink. I'll be fine.' But I kept it together. I just took it one element at a time."

Rippon also revealed that the last Olympics he and Mirai Nagasu, who became the first American woman to nail a triple axel in the competition on Monday, were disappointed to not be competing and ate burgers on Nagasu’s rooftop.

“And tonight, you know, the Olympics are truly magical, because we came out here tonight, and—we're roommates here, staying at the Olympic Village—we gave each other a hug, and I said, "You know, Mirai, we're here! We did it!" And we both went out there and we both had these great skates today. To do that for our team is just, like—it's so amazing,” Rippon says.

In another interview, Rippon “highly recommends” coming to the Olympics.

Watch below.