The country in question is not one represented by any of the 48 openly gay athletes competing at the Games, leaving no doubt that the athlete messaged by Hines is closeted. Attempting to justify his presence on the app, Hines wrote:The [height], [weight] athlete from [nationality], who sent his address, had a Rio 2016 duvet cover as his main picture. His profile read “I’m looking for sex” in both English and [language].He asked for “a sex foto” but I’m a bit of a prude like that, so I sent a selfie from the fencing earlier this week.
For the record, I didn’t lie to anyone or pretend to be someone I wasn’t—unless you count being on Grindr in the first place—since I’m straight, with a wife and child. I used my own picture (just of my face…) and confessed to being a journalist as soon as anyone asked who I was.Many were quick to point out the unjustifiably salacious - not to mention potentially dangerous - nature of the article.
"These hookup apps exist to protect us from YOU," wrote one user. "We have to hide, in plain sight, because you still don't get it, or us." Another added: "Unless queer outing is now an Olympic sport, can we just all agree that @NicoHines piece is outright homophobia? Needs to be withdrawn."https://twitter.com/JoshDixonTweets/status/763670557766389761 https://twitter.com/J_Manasa/status/763670448617951232 https://twitter.com/ira/status/763677231436603393 https://twitter.com/nmjcoveney/status/763691239552188416 https://twitter.com/theguyliner/status/763664422007111684 While this year's Olympics has more out LGBT athletes than ever before, many sportspeople still fear coming out because of reactions from fans, or the impact it may have on sponsorship deals. There have also been reports of homophobic chanting taking place at certain events. Let's hope the positive stories of LGBT athletes representing their countries outweighs the moments of bigotry and ignorance that undermine just how far The Games have come. More stories: Daily Mail questions Chris Mears and Jack Laughers masculinity after gold medal hug Meet the openly LGBT athletes representing their countries in Rio