Follow breaking news @lgbtqnation

Greg Louganis fans want Olympic diver on ‘Dancing With The Stars’

Friday, January 20, 2012

Anyone who has watched Olympic champion Greg Louganis do his thing from a diving board knows that he possesses grace, power, determination and skill. But can he move on the dance floor?

Greg Louganis

His followers on Facebook say “Give him a chance!” and to that end, they’ve created a page called “We Want Greg Louganis On Dancing With The Stars“.

“I really want to do this for GLBT youth,” Louganis told me this morning. “Being on Dancing With The Stars is more than me being on the show, it sends a positive message — an ‘It Gets Better’ message. And that message is still important- kids are still losing hope. I want to do what I can for them.”

There have been gay men on DWTS before — Lance Bass, Carson Cressley and Louis Amstel — and Chaz Bono broke the transgender barrier last season. But if his bid is successful, Louganis would be the first openly HIV positive contestant. And it’s about time, say HIV activists.

“In a generation that is trying to end AIDS, it’s great to have openly HIV positive sports figures like Greg Louganis in the spot light,” said Tom Donohue, founder and executive director of Who’s Positive, an HIV/AIDS advocacy and awareness organization.

“Not only can his presence be a reminder for folks to be tested, his appearance on ‘Dancing With The Stars’ can reemphasize how those living with HIV/AIDS can live normal and active lives.” said Donohue, who is also on the board of directors for The National Association of People with AIDS (NAPWA).

Time will tell if this Facebook movement will work — but if the producers are recruiting Tim Tebow — it seems only fair.

Louganis’ Facebook campaign page is here.

Archives: , , , , , ,

Filed under: LGBTQ Life

12 more reader comments:

  1. would he dance with a man or a woman? I think he should dance with a man.

    Posted on Friday, January 20, 2012 at 4:49pm
  2. How about we cancel DWTS and pretend it never happened?

    Posted on Friday, January 20, 2012 at 4:54pm
  3. He’s so cute! :)

    Posted on Friday, January 20, 2012 at 4:55pm
  4. Did Carson dance with a man last season? I don’t think so.

    Posted on Friday, January 20, 2012 at 5:00pm
  5. I don’t think he should be on any show. I have no respect for this man after his selfish actions.

    Posted on Friday, January 20, 2012 at 5:05pm
  6. @John- What exactly did he do?

    Posted on Friday, January 20, 2012 at 5:47pm
  7. Woo hoo……mui caliente!

    Posted on Friday, January 20, 2012 at 6:06pm
  8. That picture is magic.

    Posted on Friday, January 20, 2012 at 6:08pm
  9. The hell with DWTS! I want him in my bed!

    Posted on Friday, January 20, 2012 at 6:18pm
  10. Would love to see him dance

    Posted on Friday, January 20, 2012 at 6:28pm
  11. He studied dance. I remember him from classes he took at San Diego Ballet years ago. Not a ballet body, but he looked nice in tights.

    Posted on Friday, January 20, 2012 at 7:10pm
  12. Is that really important to post?I think there’s much more important things to post.

    Posted on Friday, January 20, 2012 at 9:31pm