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Gay Athlete Amini Fonua Slams Daily Beast Article Outing Olympians on Grindr

Gay Athlete Amini Fonua Slams Daily Beast Article Outing Olympians on Grindr

Amini Fonua, an openly gay athlete from Tonga, has spoken out against The Daily Beast’s article that outed gay Olympians using Grindr in Rio.

The 26-year-old swimmer said that he is strong enough to be out about his sexuality, despite his country making it illegal to be gay.

“It is still illegal to be gay in Tonga, and while I’m strong enough to be me in front of the world, not everybody else is. Respect that,” he wrote.

The article, written by Nico Hines, was heavily edited after the outlet received criticism for outing athletes and possibly endangering their lives. Eventually, the website took down the article altogether.

Click inside to read the rest of Amini Fonua’s tweets…

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Posted to: 2016 Rio Summer Olympics, Amini Fonua, Shirtless

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  • suzybel

    Well if you wanted to bring it to everyone’s attention, you just did. A lot of people probably wouldn’t have known otherwise.

  • Poison

    While there could be an argument for outing a gay person who actively does or says things that hurt the gay community – could possibly – there is absolutely no reason to out someone just because you know they are gay. As mentioned, it endangers their well-being in very real ways but it also shows the writers and publishers severe feelings of personal inadequacy if they have to do that to make themselves feel important.

  • http://AOL.COM/ gloria

    For those who think it is their right to out a gay person, I want to out you. Maybe you don’t want people to know you are an asshole but I outed you. No one know whether you are a genius or a fool until you open up your mouth. After reading your post we have no doubt that you are a fool. It takes 6 months to attend to your business and 6 months to leave other people business. You wouldn’t have time to get into someone else affairs

  • Phil the Donahue

    U should sue.
    A friend of mine was outed for being gay on the news, only he wasn’t gay, he was wearing a pink tank top. The thing is he isn’t gay and they out his name and said gay man. He got a ton of money. This should be illegal. I’d love to post the naked golfer from OK Cupid but I think that’s crappy to do.

  • Wendy

    Isn’t it crazy how fucked up the world is? I thank my lucky stars everyday that I was born in America and not in a country where it’s illegal to love someone just because they’re the wrong gender.

  • Christinejgonzalez1

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  • Ash

    Whoa, this guy is beautiful.

  • Freddy Tse

    now jake gllenhaal also

  • suzybel

    Read the post again. I don’t think it’s right to “out” a gay person. That was my point. And I’m not going to stoop to your level by name calling, although if I did, I could come up with a few better ones than you did.