Team USA diver Jordan Windle has reflected on the profound impact his adoptive father has had on his life while gearing up to compete at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
Jordan, 22, was born in Cambodia in 1998, where he later ended up in an orphanage. At the time, his father, Jerry Windle, had dreams of becoming a parent, but was living in Florida, where the law made it illegal for gay and lesbian individuals to adopt.
“There was such homophobia and bigotry around the concept of a gay person being a parent,” he told Today. “Even folks who loved me said, you can’t be a dad if you’re going to be gay.”