Tuesday, April 05, 2016

General Mills Finally Does Right By Greg Louganis

Finally!

Next month, Greg Louganis, the openly gay Olympic diving great will be featured on the cover of Wheaties boxes.

The move by General Mills comes eight months after an HBO documentary about Louganis sparked both renewed interest in his story and in the reasons why one of our Olympic greats was never given the Wheaties treatment.

And a great deal of the credit goes to Julie Sondgerath who saw the documentary on Louganis and then started an online petition at Change.org:
"From the moment I hit send on the petition, I knew this was possible."
Forty-one-thousand signed petitions, and a month, later, Julie Sondgerath went to General Mills and used her story and Greg’s story to get the deal done.

Greg Louganis became the only man in diving history to win back-to-back Olympic gold medals in both springboard and platform diving in 1984 and '88, but he found that opportunities available to other Olympic stars eluded him because he’d come out as gay:
"The times have changed so drastically and so fast. When I came out to my mom, she feared I'd always be a second-class citizen and never have a chance to be married. But Johnny [Chaillot] and I are married and we're making a life together."
And again, in 2016, you’re an inspiration to athletes, both gay and straight.

Congratulations!

7 comments:

Susan said...

I love this; beautiful and wonderful! :)

anne marie in philly said...

YAYZ!!! and he is still sexy (rawr)!

Toni said...

I guess I'll be eating some Wheaties for awhile!

the dogs' mother said...

An Olympic athlete is someone to be celebrated!

mistress maddie said...

Finally!!!! How many years late???

Mitchell is Moving said...

I might just have to buy myself a box of Wheaties.

Miss Lisa said...

I didn't know--this is great and so deserved. I'm definitely getting a box. Our country, still so homophobic now, was infinitely more so in the 70s and 80s when I was growing up. This is just one glaring example of those times.