Just hours after Olympian Gus Kenworthy
came out on the cover of ESPN, singer Miley Cyrus and retired NBA
player Jason Collins offered their support.
Kenworthy: I am gay.)
Cyrus, who had been linked to
Kenworthy, applauded in an Instagram post his coming out.
“Never have I ever been prouder to
call @guskenworthy my friend!” Cyrus wrote. “(and he's a bad ass
fucking Olympic athlete) He is showing all of us what it means to be
courageous and PROUD of who we are!”
“You have won so much more than any
medal …. You have won FREEDOM! I can't wait to see what you and I
can do with @happyhippiefdn together!” she said, a reference to her
recently launched Happy Hippie Foundation to help homeless LGBT
“You are making it possible to shine
light on the LGBTQ community in front of a whole new world! So much
respect for you,” she added.
Collins strung together emojis for
clapping, gay rainbow and trophy and the hashtags #pride, #lgbt and
#awesome in a tweet responding to Kenworthy's coming out.