Ian Thorpe Wishes He’s Come Out Sooner

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“I wish I had come out earlier.

You know I was [first] accused of being gay when… I think I was 16 at the time.

But because it was kind of like I was being accused of it, I’d always thought of it, as that being a bad thing.

It was really hard for me to tell my closest friends and family. And I mentioned to them, ‘do you know, I’m thinking of coming out on TV, just so it’s done’.

People were like, ‘maybe you should just get used to it first’. I was like, ‘no. I will… no I’m going to do it’. I was able to be the kind of person who I am. And you know, that’s really a kind of powerful thing to have.

It’s weird, because [gay people] even have to think about, you know, do we hold hands or not? And we should be holding hands.

I think it’s important to have marriage equality in this country, and I think it’s important for it to happen now.

I know what it was like to grow up as a young person, like a second-class citizen, feeling as though what I’m doing is wrong. That’s what’s implied when you don’t have the same kinds of rights as other people.”