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The 2016 Summer Olympics Will Be The Gayest In History

by Graham Gremore August 05, 2016


The 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio don’t officially kick off until tonight, but already this year is breaking records.

The games will have the most publicly out LGBTQ athletes in Olympic history, which a whopping 44 athletes (plus three coaches) from all across the world. That’s up from 23 in 2012.

Related: Gay, Bi Men Prefer Olympic Aquatics, Team GB Shows Why

Outsports and LGBTQ historian Tony Scupham-Bilton have been keeping very close tabs on all the out athletes competing this year and, they say, the number will likely grow as they continue their coverage.

“We expect the list to grow as more athletes are revealed to be out,” editors write. “This often occurs on team sports in Europe or in lesser-know sports where athletes are out but haven’t gotten much publicity.”

Related: That Time AIDS Activists Hijacked The Olympic Rings To Encourage Protected Sex

Here’s the official list (so far!) compiled by Outsports:

Nicola Adams (Great Britain, boxing)
Seimone Augustus (USA, basketball)
Tom Bosworth (Great Britain, race walk)
Dutee Chand (India, track & field)
Tom Daley (Great Britain, diving)
Carlien Dirkse van den Heuvel (Netherlands, field hockey)
Lisa Dahlkvist (Sweden, soccer)
Elena Delle Donne (USA, basketball)
Katie Duncan (New Zealand, soccer)
Nilla Fisher (Sweden, soccer)
Amini Fonua (Tonga, swimming)
Larissa França (Brazil, beach volleyball)
Edward Gal (Netherlands, equestrian)
Kelly Griffin (USA, rugby)
Brittney Griner (USA, basketball)
Carl Hester (Great Britain, equestrian)
Michelle Heyman (Australia, soccer)
Mélanie Henique (France, swimming)
Stephanie Labbe (Canada, soccer)
Alexandra Lacrabère (France, handball)
Hedvig Lindahl (Sweden, soccer)
Ari-Pekka Liukkonen (Finland, swimming)
Robbie Manson (New Zealand, rowing)
Hans Peter Minderhoud (Netherlands, equestrian)
Ian Matos (Brazil, diving)
Angel McCoughtry (USA, basketball)
Nadine Müller (Germany, discus)
Marie-Eve Nault (Canada, soccer)
Ashley Nee (USA, kayak whitewater slalom)
Maartje Paumen (Netherlands, field hockey)
Mayssa Pessoa (Brazil, handball)
Jillion Potter (USA, rugby)
Megan Rapinoe (USA, soccer)
Helen Richardson-Walsh (Great Britain, field hockey)
Kate Richardson-Walsh (Great Britain, field hockey)
Carolina Seger (Sweden, soccer)
Caster Semenya (South Africa, track & field)
Martina Strutz (Germany, pole vault)
Melissa Tancredi (Canada, soccer)
Susannah Townsend (Great Britian, field hockey)
Sunette Stella Viljoen (South Africa, javelin)
Julia Vasconcelos (Brazil, taekowndo). Julia confirmed to Claudia Custodio (@Cau__ on Twitter) with ESPN Brazil that she is a lesbian.
Jeffrey Wammes (Netherlands, gymnastics)
Spencer Wilton (Great Britain, equestrian)

h/t: Outsports

Graham Gremore
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