Responding to this evening's interview with Ian Thorpe by Sir Michael Parkinson, advocates say Ian Thorpe's coming out will save lives and advance the cause of marriage equality.
Australian Marriage Equality national director, Rodney Croome, said,
"Ian Thorpe's story will inspire young gay and lesbian people across Australia who will see in him someone who shares their struggle with coming out, who has bravely declared to the world who he is, and who has received overwhelming support."
"To these young people Ian Thorpe is a hero all over again. His coming out will save lives."
"Ian Thorpe's coming out will advance marriage equality by highlighting how offensive it is that gay Australians, even those who have achieved so much and done their nation proud, are treated as second-class citizens."
"Many Australians want the best for Ian Thorpe including the right to marry the long-term partner he aspires to have and found a family."
"Ian Thorpe's struggle to come out is over but now he faces a new struggle, along with all gay Australians, to be treated fairly and equally."
During his interview, Ian Thorpe said, as a gay man, he would like to be in a committed relationship and have a family.
For more information contact Rodney Croome on 0409 010 668.