At long last, Greg Louganis will be on a Wheaties box coming to your grocery store from May through at least the summer. He won’t be the only once-overlooked elite athlete to get this honor but he is the first openly gay athlete to be featured. Hurdler Edwin Moses and swimmer Janet Evans will also get their own Wheaties boxes coming out at the same time as Louganis’.
Following HBO’s release last August of the documentary, Back on Board: Greg Louganis,” a petition was started to finally put the four-time Olympic gold medal diver on a Wheaties box. The change.org petition garnered 41,000 signatures that were presented to General Mills executives in the company’s Minneapolis headquarters by Julie Sondgerath, a Chicago information technology manager who started the petition drive.
Louganis competed in both the 1984 and 1988 Summer Olympic Games, a time when homophobia was rife and there were rumors that he was gay. However, he didn’t come out publically until the 1994 Gay Games. Despite what has seemed like a glaring omission over years, Louganis says he has no hard feelings about General Mills’ decision from the 1980s, instead praising the company’s diversity program and support of the LGBT community.
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