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Adam Rippon, a U.S. figure skating champion, came out as gay in an interview this month. 

“Being gay is not something that defines me,” he told Skating magazine. “What defines me is what my mom always taught me: to treat everyone with respect, to always be a hard worker and to be kind.”

Rippon’s training partner is Olympian Ashley Wagner, who spoke up against Russia’s anti-LGBT laws in 2014.

"When athletes come out and say that they're gay, it makes it a little more normal and less of a big deal -- especially in the athletic community,” he continued. "I'd just like to be a good role model. I've been honest with myself the whole time. I worked hard and loved what I did." 

Ahead of National Coming Out Day, Rippon’s experience is a reminder that coming out, whether as an award-winning athlete or as an LGBTQ youth, is a deeply personal journey for each individual.

Learn more about coming out at HRC’s Coming Out Center.

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