NBC captured a quiet, personal moment between Team USA skier Gus Kenworthy and boyfriend Matthew Wilkas. The two shared a kiss just before Kenworthy's qualifying run for the Winter Olympics men's slopestyle event on Sunday in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
The kiss went out over the airways and the internet fell in love.
The following day Kenworthy tweeted about the on-air kiss:
Didn't realize this moment was being filmed yesterday but I'm so happy that it was. My childhood self would never have dreamed of seeing a gay kiss on TV at the Olympics but for the first time ever a kid watching at home CAN! Love is love is love. pic.twitter.com/8t0zHjgDg8— Gus Kenworthy (@guskenworthy) February 19, 2018
And Twitter users were there for it:
Love this picture not because of the kiss. I love this picture because of the love and passion and the feeling of how proud he is of you for pushing yourself and reaching goals.— Jeremy E. Rogers (@TheRogers615) February 19, 2018
We love you Gus. Keep taking the high road. You are a role model to so many.— Patrick H. Christ (@BuckNakedXXX) February 19, 2018
Whitney said it all with this touching tweet:
I’m thrilled that any kids I bring into this world will have role models of all genders, sexual orientations, ethnicities, and nationalities, personalities and interests to look up to. Thank you for being so brave so hopefully future children don’t have to be.— Whitney Elizabeth (@_whits_) February 19, 2018
And Hugh chimed in:
My childhood self would have never ever believed 2 men kissing at all let alone on an #Olympics broadcast. #TimesHaveChanged & I am so happy. I just imagine all those kids who will see this & know #LoveIsLoveIsLove & my heart fills with pure joy. #Pride 🏳️🌈💪❤️— Hugh Sturdy (@SturdyHugh) February 19, 2018
And then came the GIFs... the GIFs of love:
Kenworthy and figure skater Adam Rippon have been receiving a lot of attention during the games, in part for being the first openly gay men competing for the U.S. in the Winter Olympics.
H/T: Huffington Post