Openly Gay Olympians Win Big

The Olympics has now wrapped up and it appears nearly half of the openly gay athletes who competed have won a medal at the London Games.

Out of the 23 openly gay athletes, comprising of 20 women and three men, 10 of them have won a medal solo or in a group.

American midfielder Megan Rapinoe, who scored three goals for the US women’s soccer team, who went on to win gold.

Several out lesbians make up the Dutch field hockey team including Marilyn Agliotti, Carlien Dirkse van den Heuvel, Kim Lammers, and Maartje Paumen, they also left the games with the top prize.

Rapinoe, who came out earlier this year, said the move has improved her game.

“I guess it seems like a weight off my shoulders,” she said.

“I’ve been playing a lot better than I’ve ever played before. I think I’m just enjoying myself and I’m happy.”

For the boys, British equestrian Carl Hester won gold in team dressage in London, however our own out golden boy Diver Matthew Mitcham was not so lucky. 

During the games South African Archer Karen Hultzer, confirmed her sexuality to reporters.

“I am an archer, middle aged and a lesbian. I am also cranky before my first cup of coffee. None of these aspects define who I am, they are simply part of me” She said.

“I am fortunate that my sexual identity is not an issue, and I don’t suffer the level of discrimination and violence that black lesbians in South Africa do. I look forward to the day when this is a non-issue and as relevant as my eye colour or favourite sushi.”

London 2012 doubled the amount of openly lesbian and gay athletes than Beijing 2008, which had 11. Hopefully in Rio we meet even more open competitors.

 

 

 

Share Button
Print

Post new comment

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

*

similar stories

  • World Briefs South Korea

    SOUTH KOREA – LGBT

    By SOUTH KOREA – LGBT

    Sex education has just been given a nation wide shake up in South Korean schools and LGBT students are the big losers. The new guidelines state that teaching about any LGBT issues is now strictly forbidden, and that any schools must remove any LGBT-related information from their current curriculum. The guidelines state that even mentioning Read more…

    Read More
  • Ricky Martin March Publicity Image 2015 - mid size

    WIN a DOUBLE PASS

    By WIN a DOUBLE PASS

    Ricky Martin – the Grammy winning global superstar and current coach on The Voice will make his highly-anticipated return to Australian concert stages for the global launch of his One World tour this April and May! “I am so excited that my fellow coach Delta will be joining me on my One World Tour in Read more…

    Read More
  • Siri

    WHY IS RUSSIAN SIRI

    By WHY IS RUSSIAN SIRI

    iPhone users in Russia have only recently been introduced to Siri (Apple’s voice-interactive personal assistant) and users have quickly found that there are some things that Siri doesn’t like to talk about – and this includes anything to do with LGBT issues. One user took to youtube to take Siri to task over here apparent Read more…

    Read More
  • Egypt

    EGYPT CAN NOW BAN

    By EGYPT CAN NOW BAN

    Egypt’s Administrative Court has upheld the right of the Interior Ministry to deport gay foreigners and prevent them from entering the country. The court this month upheld the banning of a Libyan student’s return to Egypt because he is gay, thus putting in place the legal groundwork needed for further expulsions of foreign homosexuals. A Read more…

    Read More
  • Turing

    ALAN TURING’S HANDWRITTEN NOTEBOOK

    By ALAN TURING’S HANDWRITTEN NOTEBOOK

    A hand written notebook belonging to World War II code breaking hero Alan Turing was up for auction recently and fetched a whopping $1,025,000. US. The 56 page notebook which dates from 1942-44 when Turing worked at Bletchley Park in the UK where he was instrumental in Breaking Nazi Germany’s enigma code – a period Read more…

    Read More

Videos

Ellen & treadmill dancer Carson! Great moves!

Trust SBS to do things a little bit differently: Newsreader Lee Lin Chin takes on the 'mean tweets'