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Olympic star Adam Rippon joins ‘What Would You Do?’ scenario about coming out

first_imgABCBY: BRIAN MEZERSKI, ABC NEWS(WASHINGTON) — As a young figure skater, Adam Rippon thought he’d have to keep the secret of his sexuality secluded forever.After lacing up his first pair of skates at age 10, years of practicing difficult moves like the triple Lutz helped him to chip away the anxiety of being accepted for who he was.Now 20 years later, with his identity known to the world, Rippon said he’s using his success as an Olympian and openly gay athlete to serve as an example for other kids coming to terms with their own identity.“I owe it to that young kid to say something,” Rippon said to John Quiñones in a new interview for “What Would You Do?”“If I had a role model or if there was a person saying the things that I was saying when I was younger, I could have saved myself a lot of grief,” he said.Like many other youth athletes have experienced, Rippon said he discussed with family and friends whether he should go public with his sexuality for fear that he wouldn’t find success in his career.“Nobody really had a clear answer of what the right thing to do would be. But for me, it felt like I needed to do it,” Rippon said.Until recently, LGBTQ individuals in more than half the country could still be fired for being gay. The U.S. Supreme Court made a landmark decision in June, making it illegal to fire workers for their sexual orientation or gender identity.Rippon described the reaction from friends and family as “overwhelmingly positive” when he came out as gay in 2015. In 2018, he made history as one of the first openly gay U.S. athletes to compete in the Winter Olympics.“When I was at the Olympics, to be honest, I never got any negative feedback of being an out athlete,” he said. “If somebody wants to say something nasty about me, it was always about me being gay on Twitter and Instagram on social media.”For Rippon, he said coming out was all for the better.“I knew who I was,” Rippon said. “As an athlete, and I think no matter what your job is, when you know who you are, you’re more confident in that person.”For the hidden camera segment that Rippon was asked to join, “What Would You Do?” actor Kyle Pollack nervously revealed he’s gay to his baseball coach, played by Danny Plaza.In a scene from the show, Plaza quickly replied being openly gay is a “career-ender” for athletes. Pollack expressed he was worried about how the coach would take his news and how the team would take it. But Pollack said he’d rather grow up to play on the professional teams “as who I am, being who I am.”The two acted the scene inside Tom Sawyer Diner in Paramus, New Jersey, while Rippon and Quiñones watched customers’ real-life reactions caught on hidden cameras. They listened in on what a woman at a nearby table said to Plaza after Pollack left to take a moment in the restroom.“I saw it coming. He was having a hard time,” the woman said after seeing Pollack stumble with his confession. “He’s right in the bathroom right now freaking out because he wanted you to accept it more.”A few minutes later, Pollack returned as Plaza left the table.“Just give him time,” the woman told Pollack. “Things are different now in this world. He doesn’t realize it.”Pollack confided in the woman, “[My coach] thinks I’m giving up my career.”“He’s old school. He feels like no one’s done that yet,” the woman said, “But maybe you can be the first because he says you’re amazing.”In the control room where he watched this exchange in real-time, Rippon started wiping away tears.“She didn’t need to say anything and she wasn’t prompted to say anything,” he said. “She was just so kind to the both of them.”Rippon later embraced the woman with a warm hug, after Quiñones asked why she felt compelled to speak up.“It’s a tough situation,” the woman told Quiñones, “And there’s so much kid-suicide now that I got upset that I didn’t want him to feel rejected from his coach.”More than 1.8 million LGBTQ+ youth seriously consider death by suicide each year, according to The Trevor Project.Rippon’s own professional accomplishments might serve as an example to any coach thinking an athlete’s sexuality denies them opportunity.Since his coming out, Rippon won gold at the 2016 U.S. Figure Skating Championships and won a bronze medal as part of the U.S. team during that history-making Winter Olympics in 2018. After retiring from skating in 2018, Rippon was named a “Dancing With the Stars” champion and penned a memoir “Beautiful on the Outside.”“Getting to meet younger kids who’ve told me that they came out after they saw me skate at the Olympics is really touching,” Rippon said in his interview with Quiñones.It’s the type of representation Rippon said he wished he saw in sports as a young boy from Scranton, Pennsylvania.“When people can see a little bit of themselves in someone, it gives them the permission to be as authentic as they possibly can be,” he said.That’s why Rippon said he’s stepped into the spotlight, giving his advice to any kids fearful about coming out.“Being part of the LGBTQ plus community, it’s just not a hindrance to anything,” he said. “You can still be successful. You can still go after your dreams. It doesn’t have to affect that.”If you are in crisis or know someone in crisis, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting HOME to 741741. You can reach Trans Lifeline at 877-565-8860 (U.S.) or 877-330-6366 (Canada) and The Trevor Project at 866-488-7386.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more


Iran reports highest virus cases for nearly a month

first_imgIran on Sunday reported its highest single-day novel coronavirus infection count in nearly a month, warning that most of its provinces have been hit by a resurgence of the disease.The Islamic republic has been battling the Middle East’s deadliest outbreak of COVID-19 since late February.After a lull in deaths and infections from April to May, it now appears that the provinces first hit, including the holy city of Qom, are back in the same place as figures have been on the rise. “Sadly, since late June, daily infections have been on a rising trajectory” in Qom in central Iran, she said.”We are concerned that trivializing the situation and lax observance of health protocols may lead to a worsening of the outbreak in the province.”Lari warned against travel to Mazandaran, a popular northern tourist resort at the vanguard of the outbreak where daily infections had more than quadrupled in the past six weeks.Official figures show a marked increase in deaths and infections since the end of June.As a result, mask-wearing was made compulsory in covered areas and provinces were given powers to reimpose restrictive measures.Iranian media said that renowned Iranian filmmaker Khosro Sinai, 79, had died from the virus on Saturday.Celebrated and awarded in numerous Iranian and international festivals, Sinai was the latest high-profile figure to succumb to COVID-19 in Iran following several government officials and politicians.Topics : Health ministry spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari said that 2,685 more people had tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, the country’s highest single-day count since July 8.This raises total cases identified since late February to 309,437, she added.Another 208 people also died during the same period, bringing the overall toll to 17,190.According to Lari, the situation is “concerning” in 25 out of Iran’s 31 provinces.last_img read more


Million-dollar home with value-add opportunity

first_imgThe home at 45 Kathleen Street, Corinda.Owner-occupiers have been out in force in Brisbane’s west, according to North Star Australia principal Brian Kartz.Mr Kartz said the settlement of 45 Kathleen St, Corinda, for $1.35 million on October 31, showed how strong the market had been.“There was a lot of inquiry — a lot of inspections,” Mr Kartz said.“It was mainly local families with people who were looking to either upsize, or buy a place and be able to put a pool in.”More from newsDigital inspection tool proves a property boon for REA website3 Apr 2020The Camira homestead where kids roamed free28 May 2019Mr Kartz said the four-bedroom, 363sq m home on a 1012sq m block made for a very liveable family property, but there was still room for the new owner to add value. Inside the home at 45 Kathleen Street, Corinda.“The buyer was a local builder — it was ideal for them as the kids go to St Aidan’s and they can walk to the school,” he said.The home’s internal presentation was excellent, with features including polished timber floors and 3m-high ceilings and a fireplace. Mr Kartz said the local market continued to improve, with plenty of buyers for homes that met the market on price.“Owner-occupier demand for the right kind of property is really good. The right property in the right location will definitely attract a buyer,” he said.last_img read more


High school football roundup

first_imgEllsworth Eagle quarterback Jake Shorey is tackled as heis about to unload a pass against the Dexter Tigers in Fridaynight football action. PHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMSELLSWORTH — Bucksport’s Golden Bucks moved into second place in the Little Ten Conference Friday as they downed the Orono Red Riots 27-14.The Bucks got off to a quick start as Jack Cyr took the opening kickoff 82 yards for a touchdown and Carter DeRedin booted the extra point.The Bucks added another touchdown later in the period on an eight-yard run by quarterback Matt Stewart, with DeRedin again kicking the extra point, for a 14-0 Bucksport lead.Orono got o the scoreboard in the second period when Tom Lucy took the ball into the end zone from 18 yards out, but the extra point attempt failed.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textBucksport pushed the lead to 21-6 on a six-yard touchdown pass from Stewart to Hayden Craig and DeRedin’s third extra point kick.Orono closed the gap in the third quarter, scoring on a three-yard touchdown run by Matt Fowler with Lucy rushing for two extra points.But Bucksport put the icing on the cake with 13-yard touchdown pass from Stewart to Craig in the final period.The Bucks piled up 265 yards on the ground with Cyr carrying the ball 28 times for 195 yards and Asher Bowden adding 41 more on eight carries.Stewart completed five of nine passes for 48 yards.Defensively for the 4-1 Bucks, Alec Dyer led the way with five solo tackles and four assists. Tyler Pye also had five solo tackles to go with two assists and Josh Geagan had four solo tackles and three assists.Waterville 46, MDI 20At Waterville on Saturday, the undefeated Purple Panthers rushed for 435 yards en route to a 46-20 win over the Mount Desert Island Trojans.The Waterville defense limited MDI to 178 offensive yards.The Purple Panthers took a two-touchdown lead before the Trojans got on the scoreboard in the second quarter.Taner Bickford raced 51 yards on a kickoff return, putting the ball at the Waterville 29-yard line.It took eight plays before MDI quarterback Colby Candage connected on a five-yard touchdown pass to Isaiah Keene.The extra point kick by Billy Laverdiere cut the Waterville lead to 13-7.But that was as close as the Trojans would get.MDI didn’t score again until the fourth period when Bickford had another long kickoff return, this one of 70 yards, then took the ball into the end zone on a one-yard plunge.Jalique Keene led the offense for the 2-4 Trojans, rushing for 83 yards on 15 carries.Dexter 27, Ellsworth 8For the first time in program history, the Ellsworth Eagles ended the first quarter with a lead in their 27-8 loss to Dexter on Friday night at Ellsworth High School.“They were excited,” Ellsworth Coach Duane Crawford said. “That’s never happened before.”Devin Wright set the Eagles up to take an early lead with a long run into the red zone. Connor Petros then rushed the ball six yards into the end zone. On the two point conversion, quarterback Jacob Shorey completed a pass to Wally Rumill.The Eagles ended the opening quarter up 8-6, but Ellsworth turnovers and Dexter’s success with onside kicks ultimately decided the game.“Take away those mistakes, it would have been a different game,” Crawford said. “Despite the loss, it was the best game we’ve ever played.“Those are the kind of mistakes young teams make.”On offense, Wright ended the game with 18 carries for 88 yards. Petros had 10 carries for 56 yards and a touchdown.On defense, Wright led the team with six tackles and one assist. Calob Chipman had five tackles. Petros had four tackles, one assist and a sack. Shorey had four tackles, one assist and an interception.Ellsworth will play John Bapst away on Friday at 7 p.m. Latest posts by Hugh Bowden (see all) Latest Posts Is this the kind of government we deserve? – July 10, 2017 Like he did in the ’60s, Noel Paul Stookey sings out in troubling times – December 27, 2017center_img Hugh BowdenExecutive EditorHugh writes editorials, covers Hancock County sports and helps out where needed in The American’s editorial department. When he’s not on the sidelines, he enjoys playing jazz and tennis. [email protected] GSA surges in 4th to win Northern Maine title – February 26, 2017 Biolast_img read more


Jones Cup: Ateneo stuns Chinese Taipei on Nieto game-winner

first_imgSEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball PLAY LIST 05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? FILE – Matt Nieto launches a 3 during Gilas cadets game in the Filoil pre-season tournament. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAteneo isn’t messing around and Chinese Taipei-A, the country’s national team, found that out too on Saturday night.The Blue Eagles cut another giant down to size in dramatic fashion after a last-second triple by Matt Nieto stunned the host Taiwanese, 77-76, in the 2018 William Jones Cup at Xinzhuang Gymnasium.ADVERTISEMENT Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ NLEX misses out on Super 8 final, falls short against Guangzhou Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWscenter_img Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Ateneo (5-2), which lost to top teams 3D Global Sports of Canada and South Korea, wraps up its campaign against Iran, which is currently tied with the Canadians and South Koreans in first place with identical 6-1 records, on Sunday.The Eagles have also beaten Chinese Taipei’s B team, Japan, Indonesia and Lithuania.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced MOST READ LATEST STORIES With Ateneo down two, Nieto buried the clutch 3-pointer off a well-designed sideline inbound play by head coach Tab Baldwin with 0.3 tenths of a second left.Nieto finished with 13 points on 5-of-8 shooting from the field to lead the Blue Eagles, who rolled to their fourth straight victory after a 1-2 start.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Liu Cheng and Chen Ying-Chun carried much of the offensive load for Chinese Taipei as they combined for 41 points.Cheng, who fired a game-high 24 points, was impressive on both ends of the floor with 10 rebounds, seven steals and three blocks. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more


Aguero hits brace in Community Shield win

first_imgSergio Aguero scored two goals to help Pep Guardiola lift his first Community Shield. Maurizio Sarri was aiming to win his first trophy at Chelsea but the Argentine striker struck in each half to give an important win ahead of the new season.Manchester City were the better side throughout the whole 90 minutes as Chelsea failed to create important goal scoring chances. The reigning Premier League champions were missing players of Kevin De Bruyne’s calibre but 18-year-old Phil Folden was a constant threat when going forward. There were cheers from the Chelsea supporters as Alvaro Morata was substituted. The Spanish forward had a disappointing match and struggled against Manchester City’s defenders.WhatsApp <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=a7617b59&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=128&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=a7617b59&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrintlast_img read more