Oiled up superhunk Pita Taukatofua is not the only member of the Tongan Olympic team to be recognized for something special this year at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio.
Amini Founa is proud to be an out and proud gay man and showed this to the world by wearing striped colored trunks with the words “gay” and “lesbian printed on them.
“ There’s not a lot of diversity in swimming It’s a gentle reminder to everyone that I am different and take pride in that difference” said the 26 year old swimmer.
Just how important is it to Fonua to be “out” as an Olympian? “It means absolutely everything to me,” he says. “I want the next generation of athletes who advance through swimming’s world rankings to feel safe and comfortable being themselves. I also believe there’s real strength to be derived from the power of openly LGBT athletes, so to all the others in Rio, I say this: just by being here and being queer and present, you’re making a difference
Gifted by an LGBT organization Fonua has been wearing the trunks during practice and social media photo ops.
This is Founa’s second time competing in the Olympics.
Gotta love those Tongan men.