In an ideal world, Australia's famed swimming star Ian Thorpe should be known for one thing: dominating the sport of swimming. But of course, we don't live in an ideal world, and ever since Thorpe entered the limelight more than 15 years ago, rumors about his sexuality have swirled in the media and in the public forum.
We can't expect to get appropriate care from our health providers if we don't come out to them. Conversely, our providers have to be well-versed in the healthcare needs of LGBT people. Aside from our romantic partners, our providers are the people who most need to be aware of our gender identity, sexuality, and sexual behavior.