So it turns out the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics holds a record number of publicly out LGBTI athletes, approximately 50, depending on which publication you read.
There’s no doubt this number will continue to grow in coming Olympic Games as the stigma of being LGBTI in sports and in life generally continues to decrease.
In honour of this record number, we’ve decided to compile a list of all the queer athletes who are winning medals at Rio 2016, so far anyway! We’re sure there’s more to come!
1. Rafaela Silva (Brazil) – She defeated Mongolian Sumiya Dorjsuren to win gold in the judo 57kg weight division.
2. Carl Hester (Great Britain) – Won a silver medal in equestrian team dressage alongside Fiona Bigwood, Charlotte Dujardin and fellow out athlete Spencer Wilton. Germany won gold while the USA took bronze.
3. Spencer Wilton (Great Britain) – Won a silver medal in equestrian team dressage alongside Fiona Bigwood, Charlotte Dujardin and fellow out athlete Carl Hester. Germany won gold while the USA took bronze.
4. Rachele Bruni (Italy) – Won silver in the women’s 10km marathon.
5. Jen Kish (Canada) – Her and her teammates took the Bronze in the rugby sevens in a game against Great Britain.
6. Tom Daley (Great Britain) – Won Bronze alongside Daniel Goodfellow for the Men’s synchronized 10m platform final. China took gold, while the USA took silver.
*Please Note: The use of the word queer in this article in no way implies that any of these athletes specifically identify as queer. It is being used as an umbrella term to encompass all people of diverse sex, sexuality and gender.