Luke Strong, a five-time British champion and a world and European medalist in trampoline gymnastics, has come out as bisexual.
“I’ve never hidden anything and I’m really open about the fact that I’m attracted to both sexes, male and female, but I’ve never been in a relationship with either of them so I don’t know,” he told.
“I think like most people in the LGBT community, growing up is always a little bit difficult,” Strong said. “Especially wearing a leotard, doing gymnastics, doing the splits, you get the typical ‘you’re a fairy’ and the gay jokes.
“I had that growing up in school and then especially in high school it got a lot worse. There was a period of time in Year 8 and 9 where the bullying was bad. I wouldn’t really talk about trampolining because I was embarrassed.”
“It’s always been fine within the sport, people are pretty understanding,” he said. “But on social media you get your trolls every now and again, with homophobic abuse on comments or personal messages sometimes.
“But I honestly don’t even think about that ever. It doesn’t bother me: I feel sorry for people like that who are close-minded and still think its offensive to be called gay, because it’s not.”
You can listen to the whole interview here.