‘LGBTQ ATHLETES’: THE WINNERS IN TOKYO OLYMPICS
This year the Olympics Games were held from July 23 to August 8 in Tokyo. We recently talked about the winners, that is why today we want to do the same but with LGBTQ Athletes!
There were at least 182 publicly out LGBTQ athletes at the Tokyo Summer Olympics. 55 of these athletes won medals, specifically with 32 team and individual medals: 11 gold, 12 silver, and 9 bronze.
That means that they performed at a very high level, didn’t they? Let’s figure it out!
LGBTQ Athletes Winners
The gold medalists were for:
- Alexandra Lacrabère and Amandine Leynaud, France handball players.
- The Irish boxer Kellie Harrington.
- For the U.S. basketball team members, the winners are Sue Bird, Chelsea Gray, Brittney Griner, Breanna Stewart, and Diana Taurasi.
- Canadian women’s soccer team members: Quinn, Kadeisha Buchanan, Erin McLeod, Kailen Sheridan, and Stephanie Labbe.
- Brazilian swimmer Ana Marcela Cunha for swimming 10 kilometres.
- For the triple jump, the Venezuelan track and field athlete Yulimar Rojas!
- For team judo, French martial artist Amandine Buchard.
- From the New Zealand rugby team: players Gayle Broughton, Ruby Tui, Kelly Brazier, and Portia Woodman.
- New Zealand rower Emma Twigg.
- American 3-on-3 basketball player Stefanie Dolson.
- British diver Tom Daley, who proudly won the gold for synchronized diving. It was his fourth Olympic Games!
“I feel incredibly proud to say that I am a gay man and also an Olympic champion. When I was younger, I didn’t think I’d ever achieved anything because of who I was. To be an Olympic champion now just shows that you can achieve anything.” Daley, expressed this to the reporters after he and his partner Matty Lee scored 471.81 on the 10-meter platform.
- Argentine hockey player Sofi Maccari.
- Brazil volleyball player Ana Carolina.
- Ramsey Angela, Netherlands, track – 4×400 relay.
- Sweden Soccer players Magdalena Eriksson, Lina Hurtig, Hedvig Lindahl and Caroline Seger.
- Jolanta Ogar, Poland, sailing, with teammate Agnieszka Skrzypulec.
- Philippines boxer Nesthy Petecio, in the 54-57 kg category.
- Hannah Roberts, USA, in BMX freestyle.
- Raven Saunders, USA, track and field.
- With fencing, Astrid Guyart, France.
- USA swimmer Erica Sullivan, in the 1500-meter freestyle!
- Katarzyna Zillmann, Poland, rowing.
- Amandine Buchard, France, in judo.
- USA softball players Ally Carda, Amanda Chidester, and Haylie McCleney.
- For diving, 10m platform, Tom Daley, Great Britain!
- Great Britain hockey players Susannah Townsend, Leah Wilkinson, and Sarah Jones.
- USA soccer players Megan Rapinoe, Tierna Davidson, Adrianna Franch, and Kelley O’Hara.
- Jasmin Grabowski, Germany, judo.
- Raz Hershko, Israel, judo.
- In archery, Italian Lucilla Boari!
- Sanne van Dijke, Netherlands, judo in the women’s 70 kg category!
- Carl Hester, Great Britain, equestrian.
- Canada softball players Larissa Franklin, Joey Lye, Canada.
Gay Olympic games
The Gay Games is a sporting event like the Olympic Games. It’s a sport and cultural event that helps the collective struggle promoting the acceptance of sexual diversity.
The first Gay Games were celebrated in San Francisco in 1982. At that moment, the transmission of HIV had peaked among the city’s gay community. The main objective was to protest and an event in which LGBTQ people could play in a sporting event as do people in the Olympics Games.
Sports weren’t the focus of the event, as we said it is more for revindication and awareness, but a lot of professional athletes had a lot of power.