Swimmer Ian Thorpe's gay revelations earn praise, support
Published on Jul 14, 2014 2:03 PM
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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