British Olympic Champion Dame Kelly Holmes Comes Out As Gay

British Olympic Champion Dame Kelly Holmes Comes Out As Gay

Dame Kelly Holmes, one of Britain’s most famous Olympic champions, said on Sunday that she was relieved to be exposed as a homosexual after years of hiding her sexuality. The 52-year-old two-time gold medalist also revealed how she struggled with her mental health as she had to keep many homosexuals secret during her time at the Royal Women’s Corps, Court Martial For fear of being .

Until 2000, it was illegal for gays, lesbians and bisexuals to serve in the British Army, the Royal Navy and the Royal Air Force (RAF), but since then the law has changed.

“I had to do it now, for me. It was my decision. I’m afraid to say it. I think I’m going to explode,” Holmes told the Sunday Mirror. Holmes told the Sunday Mirror.

“Sometimes I cry calmly. The moment this thing comes up, I’m basically getting rid of that fear,” he said.

Speaking on the occasion of Pride Month, which celebrates and raises awareness about LGBTQ + communities in June, Dame Kelly shared that she realized after kissing a fellow female soldier at the age of 17 that she She is gay, and her family and friends have known her since 1997.

She contacted a military LGBTQ + leader in 2020 to find out if she could be punished for breaking military rules and was told she would not.

“I felt like I could breathe again, a little call could save a 28-year-old heartache,” he told the newspaper.

Holmes competed in his last major championship in 2004, winning double gold medals in the 800 meters and 1500 meters at the Athens Olympics. In 2005, the year she retired from athletics, she was dammed by Queen Elizabeth II.

He has since been promoted to honorary colonel with the Royal Armored Corps Training Regiment and has set up a charity to help retired athletes move out of the game.

Since her interview, social media has been flooded with support for the Olympic champion, with many praising her courage which will help other young athletes feel confident about their sexuality.

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