Adam Rippon Shares His Advice for Younger Self & Coming Out

Adam Rippon poses shirtless with rainbow-colored makeup on the cover of Mood Magazine‘s first pride issue!

Here’s what the 29-year-old figure skater had to share with the mag:

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On what he would tell his younger self and other people trying to come out who are having a difficult time: “One, I would be like… you’re gay. The other thing that I would tell myself is that you’re going to be fine. Everything is going to be OK, your friends are still going to love you. If you have good friends that are going to love you, then your LGBTQ+ class isn’t going to change that. I’m really lucky that my family is so awesome, but I’m also lucky that I gained this new family in the LGBTQ+ community.”

“For those who are still in the closet and thinking of coming out or thinking that they might be part of this community, the one thing I do have to say is that you have this family now and we have your back. It’s so important in this community that we feel that we have a platform to speak out for other people in it, it’s our duty, it’s our responsibility. When we can raise the people in our community who can feel like … they are being heard, that’s when we are really showing that we’re family, and that’s what so important.”

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