And that someone is a guy. The sports Olympic gold medal winner's life story was dramatized in the Showtime movie "Breaking the Surface: U nfortunately, the tennis pro was forced out in when her former female lover, Marilyn Barnett, sued her for palimony and nearly lost all of her commercial endorsements as a result. He joins a growing list of sports sports stars who have come out publicly in recent years. A ustralia's high diving champion Matthew Mitchan is the picture Australian male to win gay Olympic gold medal in diving since Dick Eve at the Summer Olympics.
The Brisbane-born athlete won gold later that year in the 10m high dive at the Beijing Games. He was the first active athlete to come out as gay in any of the major American sports.
He joins a growing list of international sports stars who have come out publicly in recent years. B ritish Olympic diver Tom Daley has been called a role model for gay British sporting stars who feel unable to disclose their sexuality after the diving star revealed that he "couldn't be happier" since he began a relationship with a man.
And tennis star Billie Jean King was the first female athlete to publicly come out way back in He got increasingly tired of pretending he was something he was not. Click through to see other openly gay athletes.
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