Gus Kenworthy's Olympic kiss
American skier Gus Kenworthy, one of two openly gay athletes on Team USA (Adam Rippon is the other), is at the PyeongChang Games with is boyfriend, actor Matt Wilkas. While openly gay athletes at the Olympics is an important feat for LGBT visibility in itself, Kenworthy broke another barrier before competing in the slopestyle event: he and Wilkas kissed on NBC's live broadcast of the Games. The couple didn't know they were on live TV at the time, but Kenworthy later said he was happy that his gay kiss could be seen around the world, because "love is love."
"To be able to do that, to give him a kiss, to have that affection broadcast to the world, is incredible," Kenworthy said. "The only way to really change perceptions, to break down barriers, break down homophobia, is through representation. That's definitely not something I had as a kid. I never saw a gay athlete kissing their boyfriend at the Olympics. I think if I had, it would've made it easier for me."