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Swimmer Ian Thorpe's gay revelations earn praise, support

Published on Jul 14, 2014 2:03 PM
 
This file photo taken on Oct 31, 2012 shows Australia's five-time Olympic swimming gold medallist Ian Thorpe at the launch of his autobiography "This is me" in Sydney. Swimming giant Ian Thorpe received support and glowing praise on Monday for revealing he is gay in a move advocates believe will help remove the stigma of homophobia in sport. -- PHOTO: AFP

SYDNEY (AFP) - Swimming giant Ian Thorpe received support and glowing praise on Monday for revealing he is gay in a move advocates believe will help remove the stigma of homophobia in sport.

The five-time Olympic champion made the admission in an interview with British presenter Michael Parkinson aired by Australia's Channel Ten on Sunday.

Thorpe's bravery in openly discussing his sexuality was a major talking point with fellow sportsmen, celebrities and commentators speaking up for the global icon.

The New South Wales Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby said his coming out would have a positive impact, particularly on young people.

 
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