Marcus "Mark" Tewksbury, MSM is a Canadian former swimmer. He is best known for winning the gold medal in the 100 metres backstroke at the 1992 Summer Olympics. He also hosted the first season of How It's Made, a Canadian documentary series, in 2001.Tewksbury was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal (Civil Division) in 1993 for being a "motivational speaker and a gifted athlete."
In 1993, Tewksbury and Mark Leduc both gave interviews about their homosexuality to the CBC Radio series The Inside Track for "The Last Closet", a special episode about homophobia in sports; however, as neither was ready to fully come out at the time, both interviews were given anonymously and recorded through voice filters. In December 1998, Tewksbury officially came out as gay; he subsequently lost a six-figure contract as a motivational speaker because he was "too openly gay."
I came out to my parents when I was 24 after I had won the olympics and it didnt go so well. They took the news very badly. My mom and dad come from a really small town and they didnt know how to process that information. It would take many years over 10 years for them to come full circle. Tewkbury has dealt with bullies and oppressors his entire life and now he wants to let kids out there that trust him it does get better.
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