This was another week that was heavy on the heart, from George Floyd’s funeral to ongoing unrest and police brutality as well as an uptick in the cases of coronavirus. So who better to turn to for a happy ending to a truly sick and disturbing case of homophobia and transphobia, than Adam Rippon?
Yagudin apparently got wind of Rippon’s $1,000 donation to a charitable organization, the Okra Project, which benefits black trans people. According to Pink News and The Advocate, the 2002 Olympic champion branded Rippon “awful and disgusting” for doing such a thing, adding: “Adam! When will you die? Earth’s mistake!”
Alexei, you’d better take a seat.
Rippon responded: “Because of that I feel INSPIRED to donate another $1000 to the @TheOkraProject but this time, in his name.” He noted that the Russian skater issued an apology, but Rippon said he won’t accept, noting that racism, homophobia and transphobia are rampant in sports.
When Olympic gold medalists, Alexei Yagudin, found out I donated to a charity that helps black trans people he said that he COULDNT WAIT for people like me to die. Because of that I feel INSPIRED to donate another $1000 to the @TheOkraProject but this time, in his name. pic.twitter.com/CG0hkzgBq9— Adam Rippon (@AdamRippon) June 9, 2020
He apologized but I don’t accept it. He can take his apology, homophobia, transphobia, racist comments, and his Olympic gold medal and shove them up his ass.— Adam Rippon (@AdamRippon) June 9, 2020
LGTBQ+ people, you rock and are awesome just the way you are. YOU MATTER. BLACK TRANS LIVES MATTER, BLACK LIVES MATTER.— Adam Rippon (@AdamRippon) June 9, 2020
Here’s Rippon in his own words. Note that there are five parts, four videos and a screengrab of the second $1,000 donation Rippon made in Yagudin’s name. And just so you know, it’s in the fourth video that Rippon tells Yagudin to shove his comments and Olympic gold medal “up his entire ass.”
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I donated an extra $1000 to the @theokraproject in Alexei Yagudin’s name because when he found out I donated the first time he said people “like me” should die. I don’t accept your apology and get off my Instagram. BLACK TRANS LIVES MATTER BLACK LIVES MATTER LGBTQ+ MATTER
Also, read about Rippon’s memoir, “Beautiful On The Outside” by clicking here.
If you’d like to join him in helping support The Okra Project, click here for more information.