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Proudly Gay: Matthew Mitcham-Olympic Gold Medalist

Sunday, August 24, 2008

"OUT AND PROUD!"


From Yahoo Sports:
Saturday, Aug 23, 2008 5:02 pm EDT
Openly gay diver wins gold
By Maggie Hendricks



Diver Matthew Mitcham, the only openly gay male athlete in the Beijing Olympics, won gold in the 10m platform. He beat Chinese favorite Zhou Luxin by 4.8 points, preventing China from sweeping gold in diving events. Mitcham is the first Aussie to win diving gold since 1924, but that's not the only thing that makes him a trailblazer.

He is hardly the first gay athlete to compete but he is one of the first to be out while competing. American diver Greg Louganis did not share his orientation until his diving career was over. To Mitcham, he is just living his life as a gay man and as a diver, and there is nothing extraordinary about that:

“Being gay and diving are completely separate parts of my life. Of course there’s going to be crossover because some people have issues, but everyone I dive with has been so supportive."
Though he wants to be known as more than a gay man, the LGBT community is proud of their star. At OutSports, a sports Web site that focuses on the gay community, his win is front-page news. The Web site brings up a good question -- will NBC mention Mitcham's orientation during tonight's broadcast?
To Mitcham, that doesn't seem to matter. He has gold, and has reached his goals: "I’m happy with myself and where I am. I’m very happy with who I am and what I’ve done.”

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Echos lang: In fairness ang cute nya ah...

18 comments:

.::. Vanny .:. said...

goodluck naman yun! :D

yffar said...

hehehehe...

at least an openly gay who gave pride to his country.,..

:P

congrats.

ang true ka ate, cute xa!

yffar said...

hahaha

correctness

cute nga sya..

mare nasa baba ng post na toh yung larawan part 7 ..

hehehehe

Lyka Bergen said...

naala-ala ko tuloy ang ex kung si Greg L. ..... Chos!

jericho said...

mahilig rin akong mag-dive pero hindi ako ako nakaka-gold. with that, wagi ang sister na toh!

Obnoxious Queer said...

I don't care if I'm out either. Closet is for clothes only. Go. Matthew!

yffar said...

@OBNOXIOUS QuEER

correct!
closets are for clothes only..
taray ng statement..

yffar said...

@jericho
hahaha.. san ka naman nagdidive

hahahah

yffar said...

@mommy lyka

foreigner na x bowawi :P

kiel said...

he's too cute i want to catch him when he jumps from the diving board!

yffar said...

@kiel
ay naku..
sasabihin ko sakanya na sisirin nya ako...

hahahah

nabasa mo na yung larawan?

Kiks said...

when he dives, he dives!

yffar said...

@kiks
ahhh... hindi ba ibang dive hehehe???

prinsesamusang said...

hindi lang siya gay. isa siyang gold gay! panalo!

yffar said...

336982golden gay.. hehehehe

Jhamy whoops! said...

added u to my list!! =)

yffar said...

tnx po

 
 
 

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