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Olympic Skier Kenworthy & BF Weren't Allowed to Share a Bed in Russia

Thursday Jan 28, 2016

Olympic skier Gus Kenworthy, who came out as gay last year, is the March cover model for Attitude magazine and told the publication that while he was visiting Russia ahead of the 2014 Sochi Olympics, he and his boyfriend at the time were denied a room with a single double bed in a local hotel.

The athlete said hotel staff told him, "Two guys can't be in the same bed."

"It felt shitty," Kenworthy, who was still in the closet during the games, told Attitude.

He went on to say: "I wasn't worried about being targeted necessarily, because nobody knew that I was gay but I still felt uncomfortable knowing how Russia, the country and the government, felt about me. I had been in Russia the year before for the test event with my boyfriend and they wouldn't let us check into the hotel room. They were like, 'Two guys can't be in the same bed'.

"You quickly realize that you don't want to be in the country anymore. The Olympics are the pinnacle sporting event in the world, where it's supposed to be about all these countries coming together and yet you have this country that's so backwards in their thinking hosting it."

Kenworthy, 24, told Attitude he doesn't "want to sound ungrateful because I had a good experience, but it just felt like it was an unfit hosting country."

Russia has notorious ant-gay laws, which ban the expression of "nontraditional" relationships and were signed into law by President Vladimir Putin in 2013.

[H/T Towleroad]

Comments

  • Anonymous, 2016-01-29 13:21:33

    It’s common knowledge that Russia promotes anit-gay propaganda on a regular basis. And although it’s not technically illegal to be gay there, any acts that promote being gay are illegal. This article is embarrassing. Has Gus never picked up a newspaper?


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