Sharing stories the key to driving change in sport says Greg Louganis
Four-time Olympic Gold medallist Greg Louganis has suggested sharing personal stories is the key to acceptance for LGBTI sportspeople.
Louganis told ABC News Breakfast the sporting codes must do more to promote acceptance and end homophobia if they want to make LGBTI athletes feel safe enough to come out.
“What I've learned is I thought I was sharing my weaknesses coming out about my sexual identity, about my HIV status ... [but] by sharing my weaknesses I was actually sharing my strengths," he told ABC.
Louganis is currently visiting Australia and will appear at a special panel discussion as part of the Mardi Gras festival to discuss ways in which we can make sport more inclusive.
Joining him will be Sydney Convicts founder Andrew Purchas, transgender Canadian cyclist Kristen Worley, former Matilda Sally Shipard, and former Irish Olympian Gearoid Towey.
"I think the most important thing is communication and outreach," he said.
"So it's opening up that conversation about sharing ourselves, our journeys and everybody's journey is different.”