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Matthew Mitcham can’t get endorsements

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When Australian diver Matthew Mitcham – the only out male athlete at the Beijing Games – executed a near-perfect dive to win Olympic gold in front of a crowd that included his partner, he made history.

We are so proud that an out gay guy carried us thru a most prideful event that can only help more in breaking away from the stereotypical ideas that people have about gay folks.

However, Matthew Mitcham, the out Olympic diving gold medalist, is having trouble getting endorsement deals .

In an interview with Sydney Morning Herald, Mitcham says,

Yeah, I haven’t got anything yet. I’m working on stuff, and looking for stuff but, no, I haven’t got anything yet. It has surprised and disappointed me, I guess, because I have seen how successful some other athletes are after winning Olympic medals. I hope it will all come.”

However, Mitcham seems to have no regrets about coming out.

I’m really glad that I actually did win the gold medal because had I not, then I would have forever only been known as the gay athlete or the gay diver who maybe didn’t even dive very well but was famous because he was gay.

It has brought so much attention because it’s put me out there, and people know who I am, but I’d like to think that it’s not the most interesting thing about me.

Like everything, there are pros and cons about it, but nothing bad has come out of coming out yet, and that’s one of the best things of the whole experience.


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January 3, 2009 at 8:32 am

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