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Spanish Olympian Comes Out

26 May 2016

Over in Spain one of the country's top water-polo stars have come out before heading to the Olympics in Rio later this year.

Víctor Gutiérrez from Madrid came out on the cover of LGBTI website and magazine Shangay.

He said:
‘I’m out of the closet in my environment. My family knows I’m gay, my friends too. And I’m living in such a positive way with my sexuality that I felt a responsibility to share it with others.’

Gutiérrez felt even though he has never met anyone who judged him on his sexual orientation, he felt as a gay athlete a ‘responsibility to discuss it’.

There have been more than 70 homophobic attacks in Madrid so far this year,’ he said. ‘It is a reality that we live in. And there are almost no athletes who are out of the closet. But in my experience, people have changed. As an athlete, my experience has been absolutely positive.’

The water polo star said he came out to his mother when he was 19, and she and all his family and teammates have been supportive.

He added that while he does not know of any other openly LGBTI elite water polo players, he said it would be easier for everyone if a big name in Spanish soccer or basketball were to come out.

‘I hope my coming out serves to break a taboo within the sport,’ he said. ‘You have to be judged not by your sexuality but by your sporting merit.’

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