Prior to that, he said his idea of what it meant to be gay came from television characters from shows such as "Will and Grace."On the onset, it would not seem so unusual to be public about your sexual orientation as a figure skater, but in reality, it has not happened all that often.
"I was afraid that if people found out I was gay, they would associate it with AIDS, since back then [in the '80s], AIDS and HIV was so new and was in the news," said Jeff Di Gregorio, a former competitive skater who has gone on to become a prominent coach and official.As for the media coverage, Radford's decision to go public landed him on the front page of the National Post, a major Canadian newspaper."I was pretty naïve," Radford said about sharing his story with "I did the interview, but I didn't talk to my agent about it. The writer told me the article would come out on a Thursday, and when Thursday came, I thought, 'Oh no, I ruined my life.' Then instantly, I got calls to do all these interviews with news outlets, and the feedback from journalists and everyone in the rink was all very, very positive."Duhamel, who has been skating with Radford for five years and has known him since he was 11, was not surprised by the news and said she came across it through a Twitter link."In his close circle, it was not a secret," Duhamel said.Gay marriage is legal in 37 states (and the District of Columbia) and has been legal in Canada since 2005.Apple's CEO Tim Cook came out as gay in October, and longtime congressman Barney Frank is now promoting a memoir that in part discusses his being gay.