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Scottish Cycling Champ Graeme Obree Reveals: After 2 Suicide Attempts And Much Therapy, I’m Gay

Graeme Obree, the 45-year-old Scottish cycling world champion who built his famous “Old Faithful” bike from washing machine parts, has come out in a newspaper interview. Obree reveals he twice tried taking his own life (in 1998 and again in 2001) as he struggled to come to terms with his sexuality, including an attempted hanging 19 years ago, where a local sheriff cut him down from a tree. “I was brought up thinking you’d be better dead than gay,” he says. “I must have known I was gay and it was so unacceptable.” After starting therapy in 2005, Obree came out to his now-former wife and kids, and his parents. “It did create a bit of tension. … I was brought up by a war generation; they grew up when gay people were put in jail. Being homosexual was so unthinkable that you just wouldn’t be gay. I’d no inkling about anything, I just closed down.”