Olympic champion Dame Kelly Holmes pronounces she is homosexual – and saved it hidden for 34 years

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Dame Kelly Holmes has introduced she is homosexual, and says she has hidden it for 34 years.

Talking throughout Satisfaction month, the two-time gold medallist mentioned she realised she was homosexual on the age of 17 after kissing a fellow feminine soldier, and that her household and associates have recognized since 1997.

The Olympic champion instructed the Sunday Mirror: “I wanted to do that now, for me. It was my choice. I am nervous about saying it. I really feel like I’ll explode with pleasure.

“Generally I cry with reduction. The second this comes out, I am basically eliminating that worry.”

The 52-year-old additionally revealed she struggled together with her psychological well being due to having to cover her sexuality, and that she needed to maintain a number of same-sex relationships she had throughout her time within the Girls’s Royal Military Corps secret, for worry of being courts marshalled.

Till 2000, it was unlawful for homosexual, lesbian and bisexual folks to serve within the British Military, Royal Navy and RAF – and Dame Kelly feared she would nonetheless face repercussions for breaking that legislation throughout her time within the forces.

She contacted a army LGBTQ+ chief in 2020 to search out out if she might be sanctioned for breaking military guidelines and was instructed she wouldn’t be.

She mentioned: “I felt like I may breathe once more, one little name may have saved 28 years of heartache.”

Kelly Holmes from Great Britain jubilates as she crosses the finish line first to win the gold medal in the women's 800m at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece, 23 August 2004. Pic Associated Press
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Crossing the end line to win the gold medal within the girls’s 800m on the 2004 Olympic Video games in Athens. Pic: AP

Dame Kelly took half in her last main championship in 2004, with a double gold medal-winning efficiency on the Athens Olympics.

In 2005 – the 12 months she retired from athletics – she was made a Dame by the Queen.

She has since been made an honorary colonel with the Royal Armoured Corps Coaching Regiment.

Dame Kelly arrange a charity in 2008, created to help retired athletes to transition out of their sport, and to create mentoring programmes to encourage younger folks from deprived backgrounds into sports activities.

Social media has been flooded with help for the Olympic champion.

She has additionally began to make a documentary about her experiences referred to as Being Me, the place she talks to LGBTQ+ troopers about their lives within the army now.

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