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Gus Kenworthy kiss named "Gay Sports Moment of the Year"

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The LGBT sports publication OutSports has named the kiss between gay skier and his boyfriend Matt Wilkas as the "Gay Sports Moment of the Year."

It was during the live coverage on NBC of the winter Olympics this year that the athlete laid one on his partner and thus broke the mold that had only been duplicated by straight athletes.

Victory kisses are the norm at the Olympics but Kenworthy's was special in that it was finally a non-issue for a live broadcast.

OutSports recalls the time a decade ago when Australian diver Matthew Mitcham had to ignore his boyfriend in the stands after winning the gold. 

They also point out that during a broadcast of the 2016 Olympics an NBC announcer "called the wife of a Brazilian women’s beach volleyball player her 'husband.'"

Kenworthy also recognized it as a turning point in live sports. 

“It’s something I was too scared to do for myself,” Kenworthy said. “To be able to do that, to give him a kiss, to have that affection broadcast to the world, is incredible.

“The only way to really change perceptions, to break down barriers, break down homophobia, is through representation. That’s definitely not something I had as a kid. I never saw a gay athlete kissing their boyfriend at the Olympics. I think if I had, it would’ve made it easier for me.”

Although there is still a long way to go for LGBT sports figures getting equal airtime with their partners after winning, the Kenworthy kiss was a watershed moment for those who became empowered by seeing it and perhaps are no longer afraid to show the world who they love and how much they love them.