Adam Rippon Honored By City Council

City Council Speaker Corey Johnson

City Council Honors Olympic Medalist Adam Rippon For LGBT Pride Month

June 08, 2018 - 3:15 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- An event celebrating LGBT pride unfolded Friday on the steps of City Hall.

As WCBS 880’s Rich Lamb reported, June Is Gay Pride Month, and the City Council on Friday held a ceremony to honor a prominent openly gay athlete.

City Council Speaker Corey Johnson, who is openly gay himself, welcomed Olympic bronze medalist figure skater Adam Rippon.

“You are an icon, you are a role model, and you are an inspiration to the world. Your courage has inspired the LGBT community, and yes, it has inspired me to live my best life with authenticity,” Johnson said, “and as we were just discussing inside, it actually extends far beyond the LGBT community – living your best life and living with authenticity.”

Rippon said he does not see himself as courageous, but he does see himself as honest.

“When you are able to embrace who you are, and you’re able to really represent what you are and who you’re about – whether that’s LGBTQ or not; whether it’s white, black, or any color in between – that no matter where you came from, you can do anything,” Rippon said.

Johnson was joined by city Councilmen Jimmy Van Bramer (D-26th) and Daniel Dromm (D-25th) in honoring Rippon.