Gay Olympic Athlete Rants Against Daily Beast Article

August 12th 2016

Laura Donovan

An openly gay Olympic swimmer from a country that he describes as "very homophobic" has spoken out against The Daily Beast for publishing a controversial article on gay dating activity at the Olympics.


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Amini Fonua, a swimmer representing Tonga, went on a tweetstorm on Thursday calling out Daily Beast writer Nico Hines' heavily criticized piece, which details his experiences using the gay dating app Grindr, among other dating apps, at the Olympics. Though the article didn't include names of any Olympic athletes, Hines was lambasted for including physical details about Olympic athletes in his article that could potentially out them as gay. Critics especially took issue with the fact that Hines is a straight white male who is married to a woman.

Fonua pointed out in his tweets that certain countries participating in the Olympics have anti-LGBT policies. Tonga, for example, forbids sexual activity between men:

Fonua added that Hines negatively impacted people that he knows and cares about, and that Hines used his privilege as a straight white male to harm the gay community:

Hines has yet to respond to any of the backlash against him on social media. After initially responding by removing certain details in Hines' story, the Daily Beast eventually took down the story and replaced it with an apology from the editors.

The note states, in part:

"Today we did not uphold a deep set of The Daily Beast’s values. These values—which include standing up to bullies and bigots, and specifically being a proudly, steadfastly supportive voice for LGBT people all over the world—are core to our commitment to journalism and to our commitment to serving our readers."