LGBT activist and swimmer Michael Holtz talks personal acceptance, LGBT athletes

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More than 30 individuals gathered on Thursday to hear Michael Holtz, an openly gay swimmer and LGBT activist, talk about the “reinventions” in his life and LGBT issues in athletics.

Holtz, who was Rainbow Alliance’s Spring Speaker, began his talk by describing his life in high school in Naples, Florida. He said although he was very active and successful in high school, he didn’t feel happy with his life.

“People would accept me not because I was gay and successful, but rather they would overlook the fact that I was gay because I was successful,” Holtz said.

Below is an interview with Holtz from back in 2010

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