Internet reacts to Olympic champion Ian Thorpe coming out

Nick Duffy July 13, 2014
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Following Olympic swimmer Ian Thorpe revealing that he is gay, social media has been flooded with broadly-supportive messages.

The five-time Olympic gold medallist, 31, revealed today in an interview with Michael Parkinson that he is gay.

Countless celebrities and well-known figures paid tribute to the star:

However, some Twitter users inevitably began to tweet homophobic abuse at the swimmer:

Meanwhile, others found time for jokes.

Then Thorpe himself weighed in:

Related topics: athlete, Australia, Australia, coming out, Gay, homosexual, Ian Thorpe, olympics, Swimmer

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