British Olympic champion Kelly Holmes comes out as gay
British Olympic champion Kelly Holmes reveals that she is gay.
She mentioned that she was nervous and excited about coming out in a move which could have saved her from years of headache.
Additionally, the Olympic champion won gold in the 800 and 1,500 metres back in 2004 Games held in Athens.
She revealed that she knew that she is gay, when she was 17.
‘I needed to do this now, for me. It was my decision. I’m nervous about saying it. I feel like I’m going to explode with excitement’, Homes told the Sunday Mirror Newspaper.
‘Sometimes I cry with relief. The moment this (interview) comes out, I’m essentially getting rid of that fear’, Kelly added.
Moreover, the former army officer Kelly left in 1997 to concentrate on athletics.
Holmes says, she had hidden her sexuality for fear of repercussion, because Britain did not allow gay, lesbian and bisexual people to serve in the military until 2000.
Kelly also mentioned that her fears were decreased once she contacted a military LGBTQ+ leader in 2020.
She revealed that, ‘I was convinced throughout my whole life that if I admitted to being gay in the army I’d still be in trouble’.
‘I felt like I could breathe again (after the call). One little call could have saved 28 years of heartache’.