Matthew Mitcham: I Don't Mind the Attention Paid to My Sexuality
Out Australian diver Matthew Mitcham is about to make another big splash at the London 2012 Olympics and tells the Sydney Morning Herald that he's still a very proud advocate for LGBT rights:
''I certainly don't see it as a burden. I never did, especially with how much attention the LGBT [lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered] cause has been getting lately with marriage equality … and with how few openly gay sports stars there are around at the moment. I don't mind attention being put on it. Ideally I would like one day for sexuality to be as unimportant and uninteresting as hair colour, or eye colour or even just gender in general. One day it will get to that. But until it is easy for sports people to come out without fear of persecution or fear of lost sponsorship income and stuff like that, or fear of being comfortable in the team environment, I don't mind attention being brought to my sexuality in the hope that it might make other people feel more comfortable … in being comfortable enough about who they are in their sporting environment.''