This years Winter Olympics have been historic for many reasons — not only did we have our first two openly gay Olympians in Adam Rippon and Gus Kenworthy, but instead of defining who they were in the context of the Olympics, it only served to add another facet to the public understanding of these men as athletes and as people.
That's why it's so heartwarming to see something as small as a loving kiss between Kenworthy and his boyfriend, Matt Wilkas, be broadcast by NBC on live TV with little fanfare.
— Outsports (@outsports) February 18, 2018
While Kenworthy didn't medal, coming in 12th after taking home silver at Sochi, his presence on the Olympic team and his open and honest love for his partner are victories in and of themselves.
.@guskenworthy boyfriend Matt Wilkas, when asked about NBC airing them kissing before competition says “it was such a little kiss ... if I’d have known it was a big deal I’d have made out with him.” #olympics
— Will Graves (@WillGravesAP) February 18, 2018
These boys are serious #couplegoals.
My Seoul mate! He's a little late for Valentine's Day but he made it just in time to see me compete tomorrow (tonight for you guys in the states)! Feeling very lucky to have him, my family, my agent and some amazing friends here in Korea cheering me on. The past few days of practice have been pretty tough (I broke my thumb two days ago and yesterday got a massive hematoma on my hip that needed to be drained), but despite it all I'm still so excited to go out there and give it my all. Win or lose I'm gonna be walking away with my head held high! Thank you all for your words of encouragement and support, I wouldn't be here without you! #TeamUSA