Rugby player and former Australian bobsledder Simon Dunn spoke to London’s Evening Standard about coming out in sport and whether gay athletes should be expected to do so.
Said Dunn: “Everybody’s coming out is personal and in their own time. It is selfish for our community to expect someone to do it because of their public profile. Given the sporting culture, coming out could seriously affect their career. I myself was already out when I joined the Australian team, but from my own experiences I can understand why someone wouldn’t come out, let alone someone earning and risking millions of pounds.“
Dunn, who came out in 2014 to the Australian website SameSame, added that he struggled as an athlete with coming out: “Growing up I’d learnt to believe gay men have no place in the sporting world and it took me a very long time to dispel those beliefs.”