Out Olympian Greg Louganis on Tuesday was named a Grand Marshal for the 128th Rose Parade.

According to The Mercury News, Louganis is likely the first openly gay person to be given the honor.

“I hope it inspires people,” Louganis said, “and that they know they are loved.”

Aaron Saenz, board president of the San Gabriel Valley LGBTQ Center in Arcadia, praised the choice.

“It's really forward thinking,” he said. “It's adding to the conversation that a respected Olympian, who also happens to be gay and living with HIV, can receive such a great honor and is part of the community at large.”

Louganis dominated diving in the early 80s. He came out gay and HIV-positive in his 1995 best-selling memoir Breaking the Surface. In 2013, he married Johnny Chaillot, a paralegal at a law firm in Los Angeles.

Recently, General Mills put Louganis on a box of Wheaties as part of its revamped “legends” series, an honor he was denied while competing.

Louganis and fellow Olympians Janet Evans and Allyson Felix will helm the January 2 parade, themed “Echoes of Success.”