Olympic Silver Medallist Ji Wallace has revealed himself to be HIV+, being inspired to go public by American diver Greg Louganis ? a fellow HIV+ athlete.
He said to The Star Observer:
?I have been contemplating writing this for a while,? Wallace said.
?I caught a CNN Piers Morgan interview with Greg Louganis here in London. It made me think and think and I couldn?t sleep, so I wrote.?
Louganis won four gold and a silver medal at the Olympics between 1976 and 1988 before coming out as both gay and HIV-positive in a 1995 autobiography.
?I felt inspired to write. I too am an Olympic medal winner living with HIV,? Wallace said.
?I have never publicly disclosed this before but felt inspired by [the] interview? and by Anderson Cooper?s ?coming out? letter last month describing ?value in being seen and heard? in the face of disturbing violence, bullying, persecution and condemnation by peers, colleagues, government officials and worst of all family and friends.
?I too have been that victim of these atrocious behaviours. Luckily I managed to come through.?
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watch this GaydarRadio interview with Olympic Medallist Ji Wallace