By Connie Wardman

Featured in our June PRIDE MONTH issue of Compete Magazine

As an early leader in the sports diversity movement, Compete Magazine gives out High Fives each month to deserving athletes, teams, leagues, organizations and corporations as well as high profile celebrities for their contributions to promote diversity, inclusion, equality and acceptance for all. Here are five who get a High Five for a job well done!

Adam Rippon

Adam Rippon has been setting the dance floor on FIRE as he and dance partner Jenna Johnson take on other athletes in this year’s “Dancing with the Stars.” But the figure skater has also been the first openly gay athlete to make Team USA, he’s won an Olympic medal, been named as one of TIME magazine’s most influential people of 2018 and launched a fundraising campaign for GLAAD to help advance equality and speed acceptance for LGBTQ youth. If that weren’t enough, he thrilled the audience at the 29th Annual GLAAD Media Awards by bringing on his Olympic pal Gus Kenworthy and sharing a great kiss. You can watch it at:

Adam Rippon Tweets:

“To all those who tweet at me saying that they ‘hope I fail,’ I have failed many times many times in my life. But more importantly, I’ve learned from every setback, proudly own up to my mistakes, grown from disappointments, and now I’m a glamazon bitch ready for the runway.”

In conjunction with Phoenix Mercury’s Pride Night. The Phoenix Mercury are hosting an auction to raise money for Adam Rippon’s GLAAD Campaign!

Lena Waithe

As the first black woman to win an Emmy for comedy writing, the out lesbian attended the recent Met Gala wearing a rainbow Pride cape and spoke about “reppin’ my community” and being proud doing it.

Shaquem Griffin

The AAC Defensive Player of the Year who lost his left hand at age four has been drafted into the NFL by the Seattle Seahawks where he’ll be playing alongside his twin brother, Shaquill.

Andy Cohen

From Bravo TV was named International Ambassador of Tel-AVIV Pride 2018 and honored as a media trailblazer for his efforts to increase LGBTQ+ visibility and acceptance across the globe.

Billie Jean King

The tennis legend and LGBTQ+ activist will be grand marshal at this year’s New York Pride parade on June 24, proving that she’s still as relevant in the quest for LGBTQ+ equality and acceptance as ever.

Photo by Lena Waithe