Which is why I encourage you all to root for the following LGBTQ Olympic athletes, even if you're not queer and find all sports — including incredibly good ice skating-based ones — banal. It's a thrilling year to watch. While Pyeongchang isn't expected to have as many out athletes as Rio in , which had the highest number on record, there are still so many LGBTQ heartthrobs — sorry, um, talented athletes — worth celebrating. Obviously, we'll all be applauding their bravery and resilience, and not just their pilates abs. Adam Rippon will be the first out gay ice skater to represent the United States in the Olympics — a fact that, given everything we've stereotyped about ice skating, boggles the mind.
Lesbian , gay , bisexual , and transgender LGBT athletes have competed in the Olympic and Paralympic Games , either 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. In the Summer Olympics in Beijing , only 15 athletes out of the 10, participants were openly gay, lesbian or bisexual, including:.
Out Lesbian Athletes to Watch at the 2018 Olympics
In , the PyeongChang Winter Olympics set a record by having 15 gay athletes compete openly. Kim Meylemans, competing in skeleton, was one of them. Tell us about yourself, and how you started skeleton. I was born in the south of Germany, but both my parents are Belgian.
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.