Ian Thorpe joins athletes calling for an end to homophobia in sport

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Six champions united at the Mardi Gras Film Festival to share their stories of coming out and changes they want to see in their sporting codes.

Audience members listened Sunday evening to Ian Thorpe, Matthew Mitcham, Sally Shipard, Daniel Kowalski, Shelly Gorman-Sandie and Casey Conway at a special screening of Out To Win: a film by Malcolm Ingram, examining the lives of aspiring and professional gay and lesbian athletes.

Questioned about his sexuality since the age of 15, Thorpe said more support was needed for young professional athletes who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender or inter-sex.

“I had told that lie I didn’t want to go back on that as well, and I think if I had a little bit more time, I think I could have come out because I would have been comfortable,” Thorpe said.

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