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Adam Rippon Talks To Ellen About Being An LGBTQ Role Model—And Dishes On His Celeb Crushes

Adam Rippon, the 28-year-old figure skater who recently won bronze as part of the team figure skating event at the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, as well as a budding LGBTQ icon, stopped by the Ellen DeGeneres Show in an episode that aired on Thursday.

Rippon covered Mike Pence, his celebrity crushes, and work he's doing to raise money for GLAAD:

On the topic of Vice President Pence, Rippon said he has no desire to speak to the rampantly anti-LGBTQ politician who has pushed conversion therapy. Instead, he feels that if Pence wants to speak to LGBTQ people, he should speak to those directly maligned by policies that he has pushed.

Some felt he should have that conversation anyway:

He also talked about his crushes on Harry Styles, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Shawn Mendes.

Michelle thought that if Pence believes sexuality can be changed, maybe he could do Rippon a solid:

Others were just here for his three crushes:

But some thought Ellen threw some shade at these three men:

Rippon also talked about his fundraising for GLAAD's Youth Engagement Program and the importance of LGBTQ role models:

We’re getting these kids, and they’re becoming activists in their community. When I was young, to have had somebody out there to look up to… it would have made a world of difference, it would have changed my life.

He also pointed out how one in five kids these days identify as LGBTQ:

So look to your left, look to your right, and if no one is gay, you’re probably the one.

Many thanked Rippon for his fundraising efforts for GLAAD:

But mostly, people just expressed their admiration:

It's safe to say we could all use some more Adam Rippon in our lives.

H/T: Twitter