Olympic gold medallist: I was tired of loving in the dark

olympic gold medallist kerron clement

Olympic Gold medallist Kerron Clement came out on National Coming Out Day. He made the announcement while celebrating the opening of the new rainbow flag-inspired Gilbert Baker running track at Los Angeles City College.

Kerron told OUT Magazine he wanted freedom.

“I was tired of loving in the dark.

“I have been through what a lot of people have been through which is being afraid of being who you are.”

That’s what I’ve become, free.

“I struggled with my sexuality for 17 years. Over time, as you get older, you care less. Now it’s time to just be yourself and be free. That’s what I’ve become, free.”

Kerron Clement, Olympic Gold Medallist

olympic gold medallist kerron clement

The track star first won gold at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. He also won silver that year.

On his comeback at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, Kerron won another gold.

His signature event is the 400-metre hurdles.

Although closeted, Kerron never shied away from advocating for inclusion in sport.

He, for example, features in Nike’s BETRUE campaign.

“I was hiding that part because of what society thought.

“But it’s OK to be that way. Nothing is wrong with loving someone of the same gender. Love is love. I have an attraction to men. It’s who I am and it’s what made me become the athlete I am today.”

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Destiny Rogers

Destiny Rogers embarked on her career in the media industry immediately after high school, initially joining Mirror News, which later evolved into News Ltd. She fondly recalls editing Ian Byford's 'Passing Glances: A History of Gay Cairns' as one of her most fulfilling projects. Additionally, Destiny co-researched and co-wrote 'The Queen's Ball', chronicling the history of the world's longest-running continuous queer event. Her investigative work on the history of Australia's COON Cheese and Edward Coon culminated in the publication 'COON: More Holes than Swiss Cheese', a collaborative effort with Dr. Stephen Hagan. Destiny's journey at QNews began as a feature writer, and she was subsequently elevated to the role of Managing Editor of QNews Magazine in 2018. However, in July 2022, she decided to resign from this role to refocus on research and feature writing. For contact, please reach out at destinyr@qnews.com.au.

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