When gold-medal-winning diver Greg Louganis came out in the ’90s and revealed he was living with HIV, he helped shine a light on LGBT issues and made history as one of the first openly gay athletes.
But Louganis said he “had no idea” that his fellow Olympian Caitlyn Jenner – known as Bruce during her time as a decathlon champion – was struggling with her own gender identity.
“Our paths haven’t crossed since she transitioned, but I’m looking forward [to meeting her],” Louganis, 55, told reporters at a TCA panel on his HBO documentary Greg Louganis: Back on Board.
“We all have our journeys. Whether you’re gay, straight, bisexual, transgender, we all have our own journeys,” added Louganis.
Jenner, 65, was recently honored with the ESPYs Arthur Ashe Courage Award and spoke of the influence sports stars can have on young fans.
“As a group, as athletes, how you conduct your lives, what you say, what you do is observed by millions of people, especially young people,” she said at the July 15 ceremony. “My plea to you is to join me. Trans people deserve something. They deserve your respect. And from that respect comes a more compassionate country, a more empathetic society and a better world for all of us.”