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US swimmer Abrahm DeVine comes out as gay

The swimmer opened up about his sexuality in an interview with Swimming World Magazine.

2018-09-23

US swimmer Abrahm DeVine has come out as gay.

The athlete opened up about his sexuality in an interview with Swimming World Magazine, revealing how he was nervous over how his teammates would react. 

DeVine also spoke on the lack of openly gay athletes in the industry, saying: "I'm a gay athlete. There aren't too many of us, so when I came out to my college team, that was a really tough time for me."

The swimmer then revealed he had nothing to worry about as his teammates gave him nothing but support. 

He said: "I remember that being a pretty emotional time, and just feeling my whole team wrap around me and feeling that love in a place where I hadn't really felt it, that was definitely special for me.

"Just seeing them kind of prove me wrong was definitely special, something I'll never forget." 

DeVine revealed he also spoke about a friend who helped him before coming out to his team. He explained: "He did a lot for me and was really there for me as a friend.

Growing up gay in any sport is definitely tough. There's a culture that is created in a lot of sports where being gay is an insult."

He added: "It's something that gets tossed around and makes you not want to go to practice or not want to hang out with the team or be a part of the team."