News Round-Up: February 19, 2022

Gus Kenworthy at the 2022 Winter Olympic Games
Gus Kenworthy at the 2022 Winter Olympic Games (image via Instagram)

Some news items you might have missed:

Edge Media: Out Olympian Gus Kenworthy at the 2022 Olympic Games: “Honestly, it means the world to me to get to compete here as an out proud gay man and to know that there are other out LGBTQ athletes that are here competing. I think for anybody that wants to come out but is struggling, I’d just encourage them to try and live their truth or speak their truth, even if it’s just to one person.”

NBC Olympics: Figure skating champ and Olympic commentator Tara Lipinski reflects on Timothy LeDuc’s journey to the Olympic finals and becoming the first publicly out nonbinary Winter Olympian. LeDuc and their partner Ashley Cain-Gribble landed in 8th in the final competition.

Gayety: Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” bill, which would prohibit students from discussing their authentic selves or having gay parents, continues to make its way through the Florida legislature. A final vote is scheduled for Tuesday.

Axios: Bobsledder Elana Meyers Taylor won a fifth Olympics medal on Saturday winning bronze in the two-woman event. Taylor, who will serve as flag bearer in the closing ceremonies, is now the most decorated Black athlete in Winter Olympics history.

The Advocate: Martina Caldera, 38, has been added to the list of transgender Americans confirmed as a victim of fatal violence in 2021. That brings the year’s already record total to 56.

Instinct Magazine: Pennsylvania couple Steve and Rob Anderson-McLean have been together for over 18 years. After research revealed many siblings in adoption programs get split up. So, they adopted six siblings at once. Three years later, the story is still moving people.