THE reaction to Ian Thorpe's coming out in a paid television interview has been incredible.
Not just in its support for the swimming superstar but also in its volume.
In the 21st century, should a person's sexuality be an issue so large that it dominates the media for days on end?
From my perspective the answer is an unequivocal no.
While not being gay myself, I have many friends who are and I don't give two hoots about it.
So long as they shout back when we're having a drink at the bar, are quick with a laugh and are there in bad times as well as good is all that should matter.
Back to Thorpe though, the one thing I'll never appreciate is the anguish a person must experience as they consider announcing their sexual preference. The wrestle between fears of prejudice, judgment and rejection from those they love while yearning to be free to be the person you are must be enormous.
It's a mile in somebody else's shoes far too many don't appreciate. It's a mile Thorpe, like so many others, has walked and reached the destination.
The Thorpedo will receive no gold medal for finishing this mile but instead he will finally have something far greater - a sense of inner peace.