Excellent post!! Kudos ….. Ian Thorpe, an example to be honored!! TY ….
Last weekend, Ian Thorpe, who Australian politician Penny Wong called her country’s “greatest Olympian ”, came out as a gay man. In doing so, he follows in the footsteps of a number of brave public celebrates and a number of athletes from around the globe.
There was an aspect to Thorpe’s disclosure which was dramatically more poignant than his predecessors, however. In coming out, Thorpe shared something not often discussed: the horrible cost to one’s psyche of hiding such a core and personal secret.
Actress Ellen Page, for example, came out eloquently. She described her pre-coming out mindset as “You’re just not fully aware of it. I think I still felt scared about people knowing. I felt awkward around gay people; I felt guilty for not being myself.” Michael Sam came out describing a supportive team, bright draft prospects and ended up kissing his boyfriend on CNN. …
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