Adam Rippon, the first openly-gay Olympian, was asked on ABC-TV’s “Good Morning America” if he would be willing to meet with Vice President Mike Pence.
Rippon has criticized Pence for an anti-gay law that Pence signed while governor of Indiana (the law was later watered down after threats of corporate boycotts).
Rippon told “Good Morning America” reporter Amy Robach:
I personally don’t have anything to say to Mike Pence. I’m very lucky because legislation that he’s pushed hasn’t affected my life at all.
I spoke out because there are people out there whose lives have been affected by changes that he’s tried to make. And so I spoke out for them because right now I have a voice, and I think it’s really important for me to use it.
The 28-year-old, who won a team bronze medal at his first Olympics, told the Daily Mail that he will boycott the White House party for Team USA:
No. I have no desire to go to the White House. But I would like to do something to help my community.