While Adam Rippon and Gus Kenworthy are in the spotlight as the first openly gay men to compete for the U. Olympic team, there are a numerous lesbian and bi women athletes to watch as well during the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. According to Outsports, the Winter Olympics has the largest number of out gay, lesbian, and bi athletes of any winter Olympic games, with 15 openly gay and bisexual Olympians.
Team Australia has officially added two more lesbians to its roster—snowboarder Belle Brockhoff and cross-country skier Barbara Jezersek both qualified to represent the country. Incredibly honoured and excited to annouce that I'll be representing Australia for the second time at the Olympic Games next month!!! I will be riding my heart out!
However, despite all that, there are some powerful things happening at the Olympics, in terms of LGBT rights and loveand it would be a shame if they were ignored. Which is pretty cool in and of itselfbut the truly remarkable moment occurred after the Australian team won the gold medal on August 8th. Because, at the end of the match, the Olympics hosted their first same-sex marriage proposal.
There is a record number of out athletes for a Winter Olympics at the games in PyeongChang this year. But plenty of stars on the ice and snow have publicly revealed they were gay, lesbian, or bisexual, if not during their competitive careers, than afterward. Despite an injury in earlyexpectations are high for this star snowboarder. But the year-old remains one of the most successful women in sports.
Emily Sullivan. Gus Kenworthy and Adam Rippon made history in by being the first openly out, gay male athletes representing the United States in the Winter Olympics. Openly gay, two-time Olympic snowboarder Belle Brockhoff, of Australia, said her parents were worried for her safety during her time in Sochi.
This article originally appeared on Outsports. The Summer Olympics in Rio will have a record number of publicly out lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex athletes. Several out athletes have also qualified for the Paralympics.
While the Summer Olympics featured 56 out athletes, only seven out athletes competed in the last Winter Olympics, held in Sochi, Russia. Pyeongchang is also notable due to its inclusion of out queer men: until this year, an openly gay or bisexual man had never competed in the Winter Olympics. Transgender and non-binary athletes have also never competed in the Winter Games.
Lesbiangaybisexualand transgender LGBT athletes have competed in the Olympic and Paralympic Gameseither openly, or having come out some time afterward. Cyd Zeigler, Jr. Marc Naimark of the Federation of Gay Games called the lack of openly gay athletes a symptom, not the problem, of the Olympic Games. Since the International Olympic Committee has listed sexual orientation as a protected category in the Olympic charter.
With the largest total of openly gay athletes participating, 49 according to Outsports magazine in July and double the number of London inRio has seen the first married gay couple competing and a lesbian marriage proposal at a medal ceremony. The LGBT community hopes the high-profile example of Olympic athletes can help change attitudes in the country. The coming-out of world-class athletes, such as U.