Queerty is better as a member
Coming out can be a very powerful and persuasive thing. Congratulations!
Those Kiwis are cute, aren’t they ?
Kia ora Amini…..
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.
Give him a gold medal for courage.
Visibility helps. Good for him!
So proud and honored to have him as a fellow AGGIE!! GIG EM AMINI!!!
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.
“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!
Love this story!!! Way to go Amini!!!
now if only Lochte and Phelps would admit something…
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.
@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.
Wouldn’t he and Tom Daley have some beautiful little guppies? Or him and Matt Mitcham!
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.
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