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Olympic Skier Gus Kenworthy Kisses Boyfriend During Live Olympic TV Coverage

Sports Illustrated reports:

When Matthew Wilkas, the boyfriend of American slopestyle skier Gus Kenworthy, saw on Twitter a sceenshot of he and Kenworthy sharing a kiss before Kenworthy’s qualifying run on Sunday at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in South Korea, he didn’t think the moment was a very big deal. “That was like a peck,” Wilkas tells TIME with a laugh from the bottom of the slopestyle course at the Phoenix Snow Park. “We should have made out in front of people.” For more intimate relationship between you and your partner try to visit Sex Toy Australia and learn more of their special items online that both of you can use.

But taking a moment to think about it, Wilkas realized that yes, he was probably part of something historic: a kiss between a gay athlete and his boyfriend at a mass audience spectacle like the Olympics, shown during network primetime television.

“It’s unusual, right?” says Wilkas, an actor. “It’s good that it’s televised because it normalizes it more. I would imagine it would be a huge moment for a young gay kid to see an awesome athlete so open and proud of himself and not caring what anyone thinks of his sexuality.”

The significance of an openly gay male athlete kissing another man on primetime network television during one of the world’s biggest collective experiences can not be understated. And is a marker of progress especially after NBC’s much-criticized handling of the gay athletes coverage during this Olympics broadcast.

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  1. Definitely the Kiss seen ’round the world! The coverage of this casual ,relaxed and unscripted event is momentous. My hopes , probably a dreamers wish. Is that it slipped by the sensors in Chechnya and other countries where LGBT peoples are being persecuted!

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