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Olympic Swimmer Comes Out As Gay At “Most Conservative University” in U.S.

Amini-Fonua


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By:           Les Fabian Brathwaite
On:           May 7, 2013
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  • 22 Comments
    • Gigi Gee
      Gigi Gee

      Coming out can be a very powerful and persuasive thing. Congratulations!

      May 7, 2013 at 8:48 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Billysees
      Billysees

      Those Kiwis are cute, aren’t they ?

      Kia ora Amini…..

      May 7, 2013 at 9:13 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Raquel Santiago
      Raquel Santiago

      I would have to tend to agree with him that homophobia is on every campus but some more predominant than others. Even here at San Francisco State University we have phobic students of all kinds and this is SF. Problem is when they ask faculty about it, they all have blinders on and think NOOO not at our college. Time to turn off those blinders people and realize that hate is still all around us in all forms.

      May 7, 2013 at 9:37 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • rojo
      rojo

      GIG’EM!

      May 7, 2013 at 11:34 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Kieran
      Kieran

      Give him a gold medal for courage.

      May 7, 2013 at 2:31 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Cam
      Cam

      Visibility helps. Good for him!

      May 7, 2013 at 3:18 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • mpwaite
      mpwaite

      So proud and honored to have him as a fellow AGGIE!! GIG EM AMINI!!!

      May 7, 2013 at 4:15 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Steve Rider
      Steve Rider

      Good for Mr Fonua, but as for differences in homophobia, only some campuses consider anti-gay sentiment to reflect official university policy. That is the difference between a religious school and a rational one.

      May 7, 2013 at 5:57 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • D9W
      D9W

      “when you swim, and you stop for a period of time, you sort of lose a big part and a big piece of who you are,” Fonua said.

      Isn’t that the truth!

      May 7, 2013 at 6:11 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Teleny
      Teleny

      Love this story!!! Way to go Amini!!!

      May 7, 2013 at 8:55 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • hotshot70
      hotshot70

      now if only Lochte and Phelps would admit something…

      May 7, 2013 at 10:08 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • jmmartin
      jmmartin

      Rating Texas A&M “conservative” is putting it mildly. They have a long-time rivalry with their cross-state competitor in football, the University of Texas, A&M being in the heart of East Texas, an evangelical hotbed; U.T., in wild, crazy Austin. The Aggies, as A&Mers are known, love all of the jokes told about them. Imagine a “Polak” joke with Aggies as the butt. Well, the story goes that an Agroid (my U.T.-graduate brother’s name for them) went to a first dinner with his new boss and mentioned that U.T. boys “are all steers and queers.” When told by the somewhat upset employer that “my wife happens to have gone to the University in Austin,” the Aggie wondered aloud, “Oh, really, which one is she?” No, one suspects the young swimmer will be bullied in College Station.

      May 7, 2013 at 10:27 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • ChiChi Man
      ChiChi Man

      @Steve Rider: “but as for differences in homophobia, only some campuses consider anti-gay sentiment to reflect official university policy”

      Yep, have to agree. Homophobia is everywhere, but some schools ARE worse than others. As a handsome Olympian, Mr. Fonua’s experience is probably different from that of the average LGBT student.

      Still, kudos for him for being brave, visible and out.

      May 8, 2013 at 1:53 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Wayne_in_NYC
      Wayne_in_NYC

      Wouldn’t he and Tom Daley have some beautiful little guppies? Or him and Matt Mitcham!

      Oct 8, 2013 at 6:07 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Brad Shannon
      Brad Shannon

      Aggies are the pride of Texas. Make so mistake about it. I went to SMU but am jealous of their pride and academics. Go to A&M to study and make $$$, go to UT to party and get really wild. If they could only combine the two );
      I’m glad the Aggies are more diverse and tolerant than ever. Progress. I came out 8 years ago and my Aggie friends were cool with it.

      Oct 28, 2013 at 11:56 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • guest4ever
      guest4ever

      Funny how homosexuals love to label as “hate” any opposition to their suicidal lifestyle.

      And will Queerty be there to help Fonua pick up the pieces of his life when he tests positive?

      Hmmm… probably not.

      And so the Devil laughs.

      Dec 17, 2013 at 5:39 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • guest4ever
      guest4ever

      Texas A&M University is a great center of learning that has made incalculable contributions to the state of Texas and the nation as a whole in agriculture and engineering as well as many other fields.

      To now be represented by a young man who engages in anal and oral sex with other men is just not right… A&M deserves better than that.

      I’m elated that Fonua is taking a break from swimming and the spotlight… and wish him godspeed if he relocates to somewhere else.

      Hopefully San Francisco.

      Dec 17, 2013 at 5:47 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Wadey-New Zealand
      Wadey-New Zealand

      Im not surprised he is a NZ’er. We aint backwards at being forwards, with a “fuck what you think” attitude :D

      Dec 30, 2013 at 10:52 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • GlitterKidder
      GlitterKidder

      @guest4ever: You’re the reason abortion is legal.

      Jan 20, 2014 at 10:18 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • PLAYS WELL WITH OTHERS
      PLAYS WELL WITH OTHERS

      @guest4ever: Here is hoping you drown in your bitter hate filled bigoted pool…………………

      And BTW you don’t think the vast majority of the straight students at the very same university don’t engage in anal and oral sex??????

      May 26, 2014 at 2:40 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • PLAYS WELL WITH OTHERS
      PLAYS WELL WITH OTHERS

      Love to dive into that…………… :p

      May 26, 2014 at 2:41 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • PLAYS WELL WITH OTHERS
      PLAYS WELL WITH OTHERS

      @GlitterKidder: Or a good argument for retroactive abortion……………

      May 26, 2014 at 2:42 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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