Skier Gus Kenworthy & BF Matthew Wilkas Share Historic Kiss at Olympics
Olympic skier Gus Kenworthy received a sweet kiss from his longtime boyfriend, actor Matthew Wilkas, ahead of his participation in the Games on Saturday, and the kiss lit up Twitter with positive responses!
Sources as diverse as gay sports site Outsports and Us Weekly have noted the kiss, a peck delivered on live TV, as being historic.
In 2014, Kenworthy avoided any PDA with the man he was dating at the time, which he has said was "something I was too scared to do for myself." He went on to explain, "To be able to do that, to give him a kiss, to have that affection broadcast to the world, is incredible. 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.”
My Seoul mate! So happy to have my bf, my family and some amazing friends here in Korea to cheer me on! Tomorrow's the big day (tonight for y'all in the US) and win or lose I just wanna thank you all SO much for your support and encouragement. I wouldn't be here without you. pic.twitter.com/XwqWKldwbN
Kenworthy, battling a broken thumb, didn't go on to win any medals, but he has Wilkas as a consolation prize.
The two have been dating since they met on Instagram after Kenworthy spotted his future "soulmate" in the 2012 movie "Gayby." In 2016, they covered Out magazine together as part of its Love Issue. Wilkas has appeared in the movies "You're Killing Me" (2015), "The Mummy" (2017) and will star in the upcoming series "Boy Culture." He is best known for an ongoing role on the Web series "Eastsiders," and recently produced and starred in the series "New York Is Dead."
Wilkas's scary-funny series was directed by "Queer as Folk" actor Randy Harrison.
Kenworthy has also been showing public support for fellow gay athlete Adam Rippon, posting and pinning a tweet of himself hugging and kissing the young man he has said makes him "proud."
"We're here. We're queer," he wrote in the tweet of three affectionate photos alongside Rippon. "Get used to it."