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Houston Voice, No. 805, March 29, 1996 - File 014. 1996-03-29. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. December 16, 2017. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/montrose/item/841/show/825.

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Title Houston Voice, No. 805, March 29, 1996
Contributor
  • Darbonne, Sheri Cohen
Publisher Window Media
Date March 29, 1996
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
  • Gay liberation movement
Place
  • Houston, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
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  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 31485329
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Transcript HOUSTON VOICE / MARCH 29. 1996 13 Olympic diver now author, actor and reluctant role model (Continued from Page 1) Hundreds of people stood in line last week to catch a glimpse of Louganis, who was in town on the tour to promote the paperback release of his book. The crowd that gathered for the book signing at Crossroads Market was a poignant testament to the many lives Louganis has touched through his courageous battle, and his overwhelming ability to overcome the adversity in his life and turn it into an important message for others. Louganis claims that composing the book has had a greater impact on his mental health than he thought it would. He thoughtfully laments that "the whole process" was cathartic for him. "I'm still working through a lot of stuff, and a lot of stuff is like really raw. you know, and going through with that, through that process and I just recently read the first draft and second draft and I started rereading portions to see how far I've come, because I'm definitely not in the same place that I was before and it kind of took a couple of years for me as far as personal growth and understanding," he explained. Louganis also commented on his adoption, which he covers in the book. He said he remembers going through a period during his adolescence when he felt that "if my natural parents couldn't love me, then nobody could and I wouldn't let them." He says lhat his attitude on the subject has since changed due to thoughtful self-analysis and reflection, and he now considers without hesitation the couple who raised him as his parents. "They raised me, they were there when I skinned my knee, they were there to put down restrictions when I was Greg Louganis greets an unidentified custom, Crossroads Market in Houston last week (laughing) brat." Louganis shocked the world in Feb. 1995 when he announce to Barbara Walters on ABC's 20/20 that he has AIDS. His autobiography, co-written with Eric Marcus, was released following that disclosure, became an instant success and sold volumes. As is customary with AIDS related cases, some controversy ensued. Louganis was the target of criticism from many for remaining silent about his status after hitting his head on a diving board at the 1988 Seoul Olympics and allowing doctors to stitch his wound without the protection of gloves. For his part, Louganis says he understands their concerns and admits he acted irresponsibly. He blames his fear of retribution as a factor for his clandestine behavior with respect to being HIV-positive. The success of his book has also contributed to a budding acting career for the iconoclastic gymnast. In 1995, Louganis took over for Dan Butler in the New York production of his one-man show. The Only Thing Worse You Could Have Told Me... More recently, he appears in director Randal Kleiser's new AlDS-themed film It's My Party. I asked Greg if he thought that his revelation offered a precedent or paved the way for other athletes to come out in such a frank manner. True to form, Louganis was humble and said he was unsure if he had made such an impact on other sports figures. "I don't know...I'm not a real sports fan. I know a number of athletes who I've met, who I've admired and I try to keep up with what they're doing and I respect their talents and their abilities, but I don't know if I've helped them." he reflected. Louganis believes that "each individual is on their own time clock and they have to make their own decisions for themselves and what's right for them and for what works for them." Interestingly, Louganis said he wants to be remembered most as a "diver who was strong and graceful and as a person who made a difference." Recent criticism from lesbian and gay organizations for not doing more for their causes has been a source of consternation for the diving champion. While he feels a sense of responsibility to Ihe community, he also feels he has to take care of himself. He does so by spending quality time with his beloved harlequin Great Danes that he raises for championship shows and provides him with mental solace and quite serenity. He is currently single and is not dating anyone, nor does he have the desire to jump into a rela tionship anytime soon, he said. In addition. Louganis has no desire to become a role model and doesn't believe that anyone can live up to the moniker. "People have to strive to be their own role models." he says with his infamous grin. "It is very flattering to think that you might be remembered, and I've always felt that if I'm remembered as a diver, I hope I'm remembered as being strong and graceful. I think its everybody's goal to make a difference and if I can have some type of impact on making a difference, then great," said Louganis unabashedly. The attention to taking care of himself is apparently paying off. Louganis is in fine form both physically and mentally. He has a striking demeanor and looks great in person, and he also possesses a boyish charm that transcends youth and vitality. Louganis will be working closely with the production of the upcoming television adaptation of his autobiography, set to air later this year on the USA network. Louganis has stated numerous times that he would like Keanu Reeves to portray him in the telepic; however, that appears unlikely (Reeves has stated repeatedly that he doesn't do television). What is certain, however, is that Louganis will be heavily involved during the making of the film and he will, contrary to rumors, not be portraying himself. "I have lead approval because I am going to body double and do the diving myself." Quite an extraordinary feat for a man who has endured a life of ups and downs. Greg Louganis is a man who continues to break surfaces beyond anyone's expectations. CELEBRATE PALM FUN-DAY with - *76e S<tw&vc4 Scttem Sunday, March 31, 5:00pm SPECIAL GUESTS: Ms. BRB. Day-Leigh Edwards Ciji Martinez * Bobbi Jo West Johnny lohnston Marilyn Marts * Rita Charles Benefiting AIDS Housing Coalition Houston Hostess Catia Lee Love Also including Cameron Leah Halston Jade Mykels & talent night winner 2517 Ralph Street at Westheimer I713J 527-9071 • Happy Hour 7am-9pm weekdays • $1.50 Well 4-7 Saturday • $1.50 Vodka 7am-6pm • Mug Club 7am-10pm • $3.75 Pitchers & $1.25 Mufis MALE STRIP CONTEST at 11:00 Ptn MALE STRIP CONTEST at 11:00 pm Burgers in the Back with the Burger Bitch South of the Border Night with Marilyn "Carmen" Marks Featuring Special Guests Showtime at II pm. 1st Entertainer of the year Contest at Ilpm Hosted by Tara Dion
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