Teen diver to marshal US pride parade
A teenage diver who is vying for a spot in the US Olympic team will be appearing as the grand marshal at Indiana’s annual LGBT celebration this weekend thanks to his two dads.
Cambodian born orphan Jordan Pisey Windle was adopted by Jerry Windle in 2000 and has been turning heads since becoming the youngest ever to qualify for the US Olympic diving trials.
Windle said following acceptance of the position of marshal in the Circle City IN Pride Parade for having two dads that he had never actually thought about how his family might be “different” from the norm.
Jerry Windle said that after a successful career with the navy, in a pharmaceutical company and his own medical consulting firm, the only aspiration he had left to fulfil was to become a father.
"I'd wanted to be a dad for as long as I could remember," Windle said.
He added that one day he was reading a magazine which had an article about a single man adopting from Cambodia which inspired him to contact the magazine.
"I said, 'So a single man can adopt in Cambodia?' and the magazine said, 'Yeah,' " Windle said.
"So I filled out an application, and five months later I was on my way to Cambodia to get Jordan."
Andrés Rodriguez, Windle’s other father, said several months after he started dating Jerry he met Jordan who instantly welcomed him into the family.
“When I got involved with this family, Jordan made it so easy,” he said.
“From day one, we hit it off. He made it such a smooth transition that I felt like a member of the family from day one.
“Are you going to join our family? Can I call you Papi?”
Jordan, who has been diving since his talent was spotted in second grade by Tim O’Brien, will be competing in the Olympic trials from June 17 to 24.