Britain’s double Olympic champion, Dame Kelly Holmes, who recently revealed that she is Gay, has been working on a new documentary entitled ‘Being Me’.
In the documentary, Holmes tells of her experiences as a Gay woman in the military where she spent several years serving in the Women’s Royal Army Corps, during a time where it was illegal to be gay, lesbian or bisexual.
Having to hide her sexuality and keep her same-sex relationships a secret through fear of facing prison, took a toll on her mental health which led to anxiety, depression, episodes of self-harm, breakdowns and suicidal thoughts.
The law was changed in 2000 after four servicemen and women, who were sacked for being gay, won a case in the European Court of Human Rights.
After years of keeping her secret from all but close family and friends, with their support, and after finding out that she would not face repercussions for breaking that law during her time in the forces, Holmes shared her news during Pride month, which celebrates and raises awareness about LGBTQ+ communities.
Since coming out, Holmes has received an outpouring of support from fellow the public and fellow athletes alike.
“I needed to do this now, for me, it was my decision. I’m nervous about saying it. I feel like I’m going to explode with excitement. Sometimes I cry with relief. The moment this comes out, I’m essentially getting rid of that fear.”
In the documentary, she speaks with LGBTQ+ soldiers about their lives in the military now and she hopes her documentary will encourage others to live heir authentic lives.
“I needed to talk about this for myself and my own well-being and my mental health. The documentary was a way of me articulating the fear I’ve had for so many years and enable(s) me to have a platform that hopefully informs and educates people of the complexities of maybe being gay as well. I’ve never said that ever (that I am a gay woman) publicly on tv and people don’t realise how hard it is to say that word. I’m not ashamed.”
Kelly Holmes: Being Me is aired on Sunday 26th June at 9pm on ITV 1.