LGBTQ Olympic Competitors Winning Medals and Support
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Openly out LGBTQ competitors made a lot of history this year at the summer Olympic Games in Rio.
Not only was there a record breaking 53 LGBTQ athletes who competed, but 47% of those competitors will be taking home medals this year. That’s up 7% from the 40% LGBTQ athletes who won medals at the 2012 games in London. Out of the 25 LGBTQ competitors who won medals this year, 10 of those medals were gold.
Even though the Olympics have always aimed to be an international event that unites cultures and brings out the best in people, many out LGBTQ competitors have dealt with harsh criticisms and have had to overcome large obstacles in the past. The LGBTQ competitors recently faced many challenges leading up to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi due to Russia’s anti-gay laws.
In response to Russia’s anti-gay laws, the International Olympic Committee launched its principle 6 campaign to protect it’s out LBGTQ competitors from having to face further difficulties. Sexual orientation is now protected under the IOC Principle 6 charter which states that ‘Any form of discrimination with regard to a country or a person on grounds of race, religion, politics, gender or otherwise is incompatible with belonging to the Olympic Movement.The IOC has also added an anti- discrimination clause to their contract with future host cities.
We’re looking forward to seeing many more records and boundaries being broken by LGBTQ competitors in future Olympic games. For now, let’s all take a minute to pause and congratulate the following out LGBTQ medalists from this Summer’s Olympic Games in Rio:
- Nicola Adams, Great Britain, Boxing
- Kate & Helen Richardson-Walsh and Susannah Townsend, Great Britain, Field hockey
- Rafaela Silva, Brazil, Judo
- Seimone Augustus, Elena Delle Donne, Brittney Griner and Angel McCoughtry, United States, Basketball
- Caster Semenya, South Africa, Track and Field
- Alexandra Lacrabère, France, Handball
- Lisa Dahlkvist, Nilla Fisher, Hedvig Lindahl and Carolina Seger, Sweden, Soccer
- Carlien Dirkse van den Heuvel and Maartje Paumen, Netherlands, Field Hockey
- Sunette Viljoen, South Africa, Track & Field
- Rachele Bruni, Italy, Swimming
- Carl Hester & Spencer Wilton, Great Britain, Dressage
- Stephanie Labbe & Marie-Eve Nault, Canada, Soccer
- Tom Daley, Great Britain, Diving
- Jen Kish, Canada, Rugby
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