Champion High School Swimmer Jack Thorne Comes Out As Gay
Colorado high school junior Jack Thorne came out publicly on Monday via Facebook. Thorne holds three Colorado state swimming titles along with the state record in the 100-meter backstroke.
Jack came out via an open letter to his family and friends and has shared his letter with Outsports in the event that it might help other gay youth that are struggling in the same way.
Here's an excerpt:
I've spent months trying to figure out how to do this, when to do this and I've realized there's never going to be the perfect time to say what I want to say. But there's no time like the present.
Some of you already know, and for some of you this may come as a surprise. Nothing has changed, I'm still the same Jack, the same Jack you race, the same Jack who you carpool with, the same Jack screaming for you on the side of the pool. This doesn't define me, I'm not gay Jack, I'm just Jack. Being gay happens to be one of many things that make me who I am, it's not what defines me and I won't let it define me.
I'm not doing this for attention, I'm doing this because I want to be able to be myself and I want to be able to help somebody. I want to be able to be the person that the 14-year-old me didn't have, I want to help that 14-year-old realize that it's going to get better. If I can do that, or if I can change someone's mind about the LGBT community, then this will have been worth it.
I've had some people try to discourage me from doing this the way I am. If my close friends and family know, why should I tell the world about it? Unfortunately we live in a world where people are treated differently because they love someone of the same sex, one where kids are bullied and picked on because of this, one where people would rather end their own lives than face this discrimination and hostility. I wish we lived in a world where people didn't have to pretend to be something they're not and where people didn't have to come out at all, but unfortunately we do. My sexual orientation is no more significant than my hair color. It's part of me, but it isn't something that defines who I am.
Head over to Outsports to read Jack's full letter.
We know there are many LGBT youth that will appreciate Jack leading by example and showing them that the water's fine!
What do you think of Jack's coming out letter?