Australians Praise Ian Thorpe For Coming Out

"I'm not straight."

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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."

Channel Ten

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.

The revelation was leaked in advance to Sunday's newspapers, which prompted an outpouring of public support.

Ian Thorpe on the cover of the Daily Telegraph this morning. #onyathorpie

SameSame.com.au@samesame

Ian Thorpe on the cover of the Daily Telegraph this morning. #onyathorpie

8:48 AM - 13 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

So Ian Thorpe is our most successful gay swimmer. Or as I like to say our most successful swimmer.

Charlie Pickering@charliepick

So Ian Thorpe is our most successful gay swimmer. Or as I like to say our most successful swimmer.

9:44 AM - 13 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Fellow Australian gold medal swimmer Stephanie Rice tweeted a message to her good mate.

I'm sure it must have been incredibly hard for @IanThorpe to come out, but I hope this bring him peace and that everyone respects his choice

Stephanie Rice@ItsStephRice

I'm sure it must have been incredibly hard for @IanThorpe to come out, but I hope this bring him peace and that everyone respects his choice

7:42 AM - 13 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Other sportsmen offered support.

I'm really glad for @IanThorpe. It doesn't matter as long as your happy in your own skin. Well done mate

Brett Lee@BrettLee_58

I'm really glad for @IanThorpe. It doesn't matter as long as your happy in your own skin. Well done mate

8:26 AM - 13 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Australia's LGBTI community were over the moon that Thorpe had decided to come out.

Spare a thought every other homosexual who now has to accept that while Ian Thorpe COULD date us he is actively choosing not to. Ouch.

Brendan Maclean@macleanbrendan

Spare a thought every other homosexual who now has to accept that while Ian Thorpe COULD date us he is actively choosing not to. Ouch.

9:19 AM - 13 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Welcome @IanThorpe & thank you for the courage in sharing your story. It will empower others & send a strong message that we are everywhere

Alex Greenwich MP@AlexGreenwich

Welcome @IanThorpe & thank you for the courage in sharing your story. It will empower others & send a strong message that we are everywhere

6:08 AM - 13 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Australian comedian Tom Ballard raised a good point at the growing stocks of gay swimming mafia.

Kowalski, Mitcham, Daley, Thorpe...WHEN WILL THE FOOLS REALIZE WE HAVE POISONED ALL THE POOLS WITH GAY SERUM?? MWAHAHAHA!!!

Tom Ballard@TomCBallard

Kowalski, Mitcham, Daley, Thorpe...WHEN WILL THE FOOLS REALIZE WE HAVE POISONED ALL THE POOLS WITH GAY SERUM?? MWAHAHAHA!!!

10:11 AM - 13 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Others used the #OnYaThorpie hash tag to rally around the swimmer.

#onyathorpie You have our love & full support! @IanThorpe @AthleteAlly

Belle Brockhoff@bellebrockhoff

#onyathorpie You have our love & full support! @IanThorpe @AthleteAlly

12:34 AM - 13 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

#OnYaThorpie Hope life gets a bit easier from this point on

mark stewart@marstew68

#OnYaThorpie Hope life gets a bit easier from this point on

5:42 PM - 13 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Ian Thorpe should be waking up today realising he's still our Greatest Swimmer Of All Time. And a legend! End of statement. #onyathorpie

ed phillips@mr_ed_phillips

Ian Thorpe should be waking up today realising he's still our Greatest Swimmer Of All Time. And a legend! End of statement. #onyathorpie

9:34 AM - 13 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

As a teenager I looked up to @IanThorpe, especially during the Sydney 2000 Olympics. I have even more respect for him now. #onyathorpie

Elias Jahshan@Elias_Jahshan

As a teenager I looked up to @IanThorpe, especially during the Sydney 2000 Olympics. I have even more respect for him now. #onyathorpie

6:55 PM - 13 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Good on Ian Thorpe for telling us he's not straight. We are all a bit wiggly really. #OnYaThorpie

Dave Hughes@DHughesy

Good on Ian Thorpe for telling us he's not straight. We are all a bit wiggly really. #OnYaThorpie

6:38 PM - 13 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

*Stop it*

To Everyone who has sent a message of support I sincerely Thank you!

Ian Thorpe@IanThorpe

To Everyone who has sent a message of support I sincerely Thank you!

7:46 PM - 13 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite