American gymnast, Danell Layva, was supposed to be watching the Olympics from the sidelines as an alternate. But when one of his teammates got injured, Layva stepped in with an astonishing performance, winning himself two silver medals.
“Nobody has a perfect day, but I feel like this was as close to perfect as I could possibly have done,” he said. “I’m incredibly happy.”
He has become the most decorated male gymnast at this year’s games. But that’s not the only thing that makes Layva special. He is also an outspoken LGBT advocate.
In June, he posted a short video talking about gay rights while wearing a shirt that says “Make America Gay Again.”
“Recently there has been much said about trans rights and the danger people fear they may pose if they are allowed to use whatever bathroom they wish,” Leyva said in the video. “These people of course are wrong about any danger, and these attacks remind us that the danger comes from bigotry, not the victims of it.”
“The love within the LGBT community is so much stronger than the hatred against it,” Leyva said, “and it is our responsibility as non-LGBT people to emulate this love and create a world where LGBT people don’t need to create their own safe spaces. That is a promise I’m making.”
Pretty awesome, huh? Check out the full video below: