US Olympian Gus Kenworthy to headline DNC LGBTQ gala

US Olympian Gus Kenworthy to headline DNC LGBTQ gala
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Olympic freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy will headline the Democratic National Committee's (DNC) LGBTQ gala this summer. 

Kenworthy told ABC News that he would attend the event in New York City as a special guest, in defiance of what he called President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump conversation with foreign leader part of complaint that led to standoff between intel chief, Congress: report Pelosi: Lewandowski should have been held in contempt 'right then and there' Trump to withdraw FEMA chief nominee: report MORE's attacks on LGBTQ people.

"I couldn’t be more excited to join the DNC at their LGBTQ Gala this Pride season," he said. "Over the last year, the Trump-Pence administration has pushed our community to the sidelines, attacking us for who we are and who we love."

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"It’s time we take a stand against this administration by electing representatives this upcoming November who actively support and believe in equality for everyone," he added.

Kenworthy, who took silver in the 2014 Winter Olympics, is a vocal advocate for LGBTQ causes. He was among a handful of Olympic athletes who skipped a visit to the White House after the games.

The DNC's LGBTQ gala is typically one of the party's top-performing fundraising events. Last year's gathering was headlined by former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden lead shrinks, Sanders and Warren close gap: poll Biden allies: Warren is taking a bite out of his electability argument Budowsky: Donald, Boris, Bibi — The right in retreat MORE