Italian lesbian swimmer urges to acceptance

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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 15: Silver medalist Rachele Bruni of Italy poses on the podium during the medal ceremony for the Women's 10km Marathon Swimming on day 10 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Fort Copacabana on August 15, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images)

The first Italian Olympian who publicly comes out as gay wants to be an example for others. Rachele Bruni, who won silver in the 10km swim on Monday, made history by dedicating the medal to her girlfriend Diletta Faina,

“I’ve always lived my sexuality naturally, without any anxiety. There was never any need for me to come out. My friends, my relatives, my swimming teammates, everyone knew. There was no need to put up posters,” she says in interview.

The biggest LGBT rights group in Italy is proud of such a step and claims: “In sporting and media terms it is very, very important. We are beginning to see the fruits of years of battle… It is not credible that there are no gay Italian footballers. The next objective has to be to break down the wall of fear in football, which millions of kids play in what should be an inclusive environment.”

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