Sunday, 13 July 2014

Internet Reaction to Olympic Swimmer Ian Thorpe Coming out as Gay

Today saw Olympic swimmer Ian Thorpe come out as gay.  I for one am always glad to hear of someone coming out as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender.  Sometimes these comings out are just statements that are released via their PR people, through their Twitter or the news.  Other times they’re deeply persona and inspirational such as Ellen Paige’s recent coming out. 

However the person chooses to come out the event is something that should be celebrated.  Someone has finally chosen to be their true selves.  No matter the reason for them having hidden an aspect of themselves, be it fear of prejudice, loss of status or the fear of rejection from friends and family, coming out should be something that is celebrated.

It’s a shame though that so many people choose someone’s coming out as a chance to attack other people and express their own hatred and prejudice.

Unfortunately Ian Thorpe is one of these individuals, having already received dozens of foul and hateful messages on the social networking site Twitter.  

Fortunately there are also a lot of people out there that have shown him some support.

I myself just want to wish Ian all the best in the world and congratulate him on finding the strength to be himself and enjoy his life as the person he is meant to be.

I really hope that one day there will come a point where people won’t have to ‘come out’ and they can just be themselves.  But more than anything I hope that there comes a time when people don’t feel the need to spread vile crap about people based upon who they love.


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