Windy City Media Group Frontpage News

THE VOICE OF CHICAGO'S GAY, LESBIAN, BI, TRANS AND QUEER COMMUNITY SINCE 1985

home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Pre-order Book!
Pre-order Book!
Donate

Sponsor
Sponsor

  WINDY CITY TIMES

NUNN ON ONE Adam Rippon skates into success
by Jerry Nunn, Windy City Times
2018-09-26

This article shared 2152 times since Wed Sep 26, 2018
facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email


Figure skater Adam Rippon won a bronze medal at the 2018 Winter Olympics, making history by becoming the first openly gay U.S. athlete to do so. He followed that by being the first openly gay celebrity to win Dancing with the Stars. Rippon came out publicly in 2015.

The road to success was full of ups and downs for Rippon, who started skating at 10. The hard work has paid off with many medals and accolades over the years.

He also joined other celebrities on Sept. 24 for a benefit reading of The Laramie Project for a video leading up to Laramie: A Legacy in New York City.

Before his recent Chicago House Speaker Series appearance with Wanda Sykes, Rippon spoke about his current life and upcoming projects.

Windy City Times: How did you wind up working with Chicago House?

Adam Rippon: I just had a great meeting with the team, and they went over everything that they do. It is such an incredible organization. I am super grateful to be working with them.

WCT: Do you work with charities often?

AR: I try to. I get so much joy out of helping other people. I try to be involved with as many different communities as possible.

WCT: What is your day-to-day schedule like?

AR: Each day, I open up my Google Calendar and see what is on it, because I usually don't know. I have a great group of people around me who keep me organized. It has been a lot of travel with a few things sprinkled in.

WCT: Why did you decide to come out publicly in the first place?

AR: For a really long time, I thought it would be something that I wouldn't share with anybody. Life kind of takes over. I felt it was really important.

I am from a really small town. Two weeks ago, a religious university outside of my hometown just expelled someone for being gay. That is the area I come from and why it is important to talk about who I am and where I come from, to normalize it.

I have been really lucky to do things where someone who is out can get in the home of someone who wouldn't necessarily be accepting of someone who is gay.

WCT: Do people reach out to you through social media about this?

AR: Yes. I have heard from tons of people. The stories are really amazing.

It is crazy because I still feel like me. I haven't changed and things aren't really that different. That I was able to reach so many people and share who I was, then to have them reach out and say I have been helpful to them, has been amazing.

WCT: Is there the other side to it where people ask why are you involved in politics?

AR: Of course, but I am 28 years old. I am confident in who I am. Everybody will have an opinion. I think it is better to be vocal than to be silent. To be silent means you don't stand for anything.

WCT: Is that why you started talking about politics?

AR: I started talking about politics because I was asked about it. I didn't go to the Olympics to talk about politics; someone asked me a question. If I get a question about it, then I will answer it. I thought it was important and wanted to be honest about what I was asked.

If I was asked about the competition, I would say I was nervous or just doing well. I answered honestly. When I was asked a question about the current administration I answered it honestly.

WCT: Has that spiraled into more questions asking about politics in interviews?

AR: I have been more politically involved now. I think some people wonder why, because it can be such a taboo subject matter and really polarizing to talk about, but I think it's important. If we don't talk about it, then we are never going to be on the same page.

WCT: Why do you think more sports figures are not out of the closet?

AR: There is an underlying notion that if you are gay then you are more effeminate, or not strong. There is a mentality that women can't be as strong as men, and if you are feminine like a woman, you are not a fierce competitor. It is obviously bullshit.

I think you never want to be perceived as weak. I know in my experiences as a competitive athlete, I never wanted anyone to think I was weak.

When I finally came out publicly, I felt so much stronger and was no longer hiding a part of who I am, especially in my sport where you are out there by yourself. You have a few minutes to show who you are and what you are made of. The best way to show all of me was to be honest with everybody about who I was.

WCT: What are your thoughts on Johnny Weir?

AR: I think someone like Johnny Weir helped make the road for me a lot easier. Are we the same person? No. He's way more flamboyant than I am. I appreciate someone like Johnny Weir so much, though—especially within my own sport.

WCT: Do you pick the music you skate to?

AR: I do. When I was younger I had some input from choreographers and coaches, but when I got older, it was really a collaboration between me and my choreographer.

You can have a great idea, but when you talk to somebody they may think it's awful. You want to talk to someone you really trust, because you can't see yourself skate.

I had a great team around me getting ready for the games. They helped me pick my music, but ultimately it was my choice.

WCT: What do people misunderstand about ice skaters?

AR: They think it is a lot easier than it really is. Being an athlete of any kind is a full-time job. When I was training for the Olympics, I would skate for about four hours, then there was another four hours of work off of the ice. It was eight hours of working out. I think every sport takes about that much time.

WCT: Wearing the harness at the Oscars made a splash. What were the best and worst moments of wearing it?

AR: In men's fashion, there is a limited amount of choices. With a woman's gown it can be so many shapes and cuts, but a tuxedo is pretty straightforward.

Getting to work with Jeremy Scott—who loves cutouts, straps and harnesses—was such a blessing. I did it because I thought it was interesting and fun. Some people felt like it wasn't appropriate, but I wasn't one of those people so…

WCT: What are you working on next?

AR: I filmed an episode of Will & Grace; that was great. I just filmed an episode of Dancing with the Stars: Juniors that premieres Oct. 7 and we run through December.

I started working with the When We All Vote campaign for the midterm elections.

WCT: One special thought from the Dancing with the Stars experience?

AR: It was on of the busiest times of my life. It was fantastic.

I have been able to work with that Dancing with the Stars family more with Juniors, so I felt right at home. It was great to be with everybody.

WCT: If they made a movie about your life—like I, Tonya—who would you want to play you?

AR: I thought Allison Janney was so good. I would want her to play me! [Laughs]


This article shared 2152 times since Wed Sep 26, 2018
facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email





Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.


  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Gay News

NU faculty 'alarmed' by hiring of new athletic director
2021-05-06
Northwestern University has hired Mike Polisky as its newest athletic director—a move considered controversial by the school's alumni and campus leaders, The Chicago Tribune reported. According to the school's website ...


Gay News

Chicago Red Stars announce expanded ownership group
2021-05-05
--From a press release - HICAGO (May 4, 2021) — The Chicago Red Stars are thrilled to announce the second group of individuals who have joined the team's groundbreaking ownership group. All are dedicated to supporting and growing the Red Stars ...


Gay News

CMSA files lawsuit against ex-treasurer, alleging fraud and misappropriation
2021-05-04
The LGBTQA local organization known as the Chicago Metropolitan Sports Association (CMSA) filed a five-count lawsuit May 4 in the Circuit Court of Cook County seeking damages and restitution from the former board treasurer Michael O. ...


Gay News

Registrations now open for 30th annual AIDS Run & Walk Chicago 2021
2021-05-03
--From a press release - Now in its 30th year, the AIDS Run & Walk Chicago returns October 2 to help create equity and justice as well as raise awareness and funds for individuals who are living with or vulnerable to ...


Gay News

Chicago Blackhawks, Chicago Blackhawks Foundation Military Appreciation Night May 1
2021-04-30
--From a press release - The Chicago Blackhawks and the Chicago Blackhawks Foundation, in partnership with USO Illinois and Boeing, will kick off May's National Military Appreciation Month with the team's Military Appreciation Night game on Saturday, May 1 as the ...


Gay News

United Center to welcome fans back for Blackhawks, Bulls games as of May 7
2021-04-29
--From a press release - The United Center received permission from city and state government officials to welcome fans back to the arena for Chicago Blackhawks and Chicago Bulls home games beginning May 7, 2021. The teams will each host fans ...


Gay News

Former, current Chicago aldermen facing multiple charges
2021-04-29
On April 29, former 22nd Ward Ald. Ricardo Munoz was indicted on federal charges alleging he spent cash from a political fund he controlled on sports tickets, travel, meals and other personal expenses, The Chicago Tribune ...


Gay News

Chicago Red Stars reveal 2021 NWSL schedule
2021-04-28
--From a press release - The Chicago Red Stars announced today the club's National Women's Soccer League ...


Gay News

Yet another governor signs anti-trans bill
2021-04-28
West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice signed a bill that bans transgender athletes from competing in female sports in middle and high schools and colleges, The Seattle Times noted. Bills seeking to ban transgender girls from competing ...


Gay News

Chicago Sky announce 2021 preseason schedule
2021-04-28
The Chicago Sky announced its 2021 preseason schedule April 27 in conjunction with the Indiana Fever. The Sky and Fever will play a two-game home and away set on May 9 and May 11. Neither game ...


Gay News

Red Stars lose Challenge Cup finale
2021-04-28
Mallory Pugh scored her first goal in a Red Stars uniform and Morgan Gautrat added a stoppage-time goal as Chicago fell just short in a 3-2 loss against OL Reign in their Challenge Cup finale, a ...


Gay News

Chicago Blackhawks to celebrate Pride Night April 27
2021-04-27
--From a press release - The Chicago Blackhawks will celebrate Pride Night, in partnership with BMO Harris Bank, on Tuesday, April 27 when the team hosts the Tampa Bay Lightning at the United Center. Pride Night brings the entire Blackhawks community ...


Gay News

Red Stars earn another tie
2021-04-22
The Chicago Red Stars welcomed their National Team players back into the starting lineup and Katie Johnson scored the equalizer late in the match as Chicago earned a point in a 1-1 draw with Kansas City ...


Gay News

Chicago Sky finalize 2021 training-camp roster
2021-04-21
--From a press release - CHICAGO (April 21, 2021) —The Chicago Sky has announced its 20-player roster for 2021 training camp, which begins this Sunday, April 25, at the team's practice facility in Deerfield. ...


Gay News

U.S. women's hockey coach abruptly steps down
2021-04-17
Bob Corkum abruptly stepped down as coach of the U.S. women's hockey team with fewer than three weeks before the world championships open in Canada, ESPN.com reported. USA Hockey's director of women's national team programs, Katie ...


 



Copyright © 2021 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 

 

 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS







Sponsor
Sponsor


 



Donate


About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Advanced Search     
Windy City Queercast      Queercast Archives     
Press  Releases      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast      Blogs     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Privacy Policy     

Windy City Media Group publishes Windy City Times,
The Bi-Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.