Australians Praise Ian Thorpe For Coming Out

“I’m not straight.”

1. Australia’s most successful ever Olympian Ian Thorpe has told British TV host Sir Michael Parkinson: “I’m comfortable saying I’m a gay man.”

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In a Sunday night prime time interview broadcast on Channel Ten, “Thorpey” addressed questions from “Parky” about his sexuality, depression and outstanding swimming career.

“I’ve thought about this for a long time.” Thorpe said in response to the persistent questions over his sexuality. “I am not straight.”

“Only in the last two weeks have I been comfortable telling people around me.”

Thorpe told Sir Michael he had being asked about his sexuality since he was sixteen.

14. Maybe it’s time for Australia to embrace equality in LGBTI rights.

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15. Congratulations Thorpie… you legend.

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