Athletes Support Olympic Champ Thorpe’s Coming Out
USA Today: Swimmer Ian Thorpe, Australia’s most decorated Olympian, didn’t want to let his family and fans down.
“I wanted to make my family proud. I wanted to make my nation proud of me. And part of me didn’t know if Australia wanted its champion to be gay,” he said, publicly confirming he is gay during a television interview on Sunday. “But I’m telling not only Australia, I’m telling the world, that I am.”
At some point, a declaration from a prominent athlete will cease being news. But that point isn’t now.
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