LGBTQ athletes are racking up medals!
2021 is a momentous year for LGBTQ athletes. At least 186 openly LGBTQ athletes are taking part in this Summer Olympics. And while there has been some controversy around athletes being outed over Grindr, the summer’s festivities have mostly been a huge success for queer representation and participation.
In fact, we currently have 24 openly LGBTQ athletes who have won at least one medal in Tokyo, Japan! To keep you in the loop, here’s a list of their names and achievements.
Tom Daley took home the gold medal for Team Great Britain. He did so for the men’s synchronized 10m platform diving event with his partner Matty Lee.
The French judo star got the gold in the mixed team category. This wasn’t her only medal, however. You’ll find her again further down this list.
Competing for Team New Zealand, Emma Twigg won her first Olympic medal for rowing. This was her fourth Olympics and her first time back since retiring.
From Team Venezuela, Yulimar Rojas won gold in the track and field triple jump competition. He also broke a 26-year-old world record while doing it.
Kelly Brazier, Gayle Broughton, Ruby Tui, and Portia Woodman
These LGBTQ members of New Zealand’s rugby team won gold alongside their other teammates.
Stefanie Dolson was definitely the MVP of this gold-winning 3×3 basketball game. After all, she scored all the points!
As earlier stated, Amandine Buchard won two medals at the Olympics this year. Her silver medal was in the judo 52kg category.
Swimmer Erica Sullivan won silver in the 1500-meter freestyle. Good for her!
Saunders represented Team USA well by winning the silver in track and field’s shot put category.
Polish rower Katarzyna Zillmann not only won silver for quad sculls but also came out moments after the victory. That counts as two wins in our book.
For Team USA, Hanna Roberts won silver in the BMX freestyle.
Representing Team France, fencing star Astrid Guyart won the silver in women’s team foil.
Ally Carda, Amanda Chidester, Haylie McCleney
These Team USA members won the silver medal in softball.
Amandine Buchard wasn’t the only LGBTQ winner for judo. Team Israel’s Hershko also received a medal, bronze, in the mixed team category.
Buchard and Hershko were not alone, however, as Jasmin Grabowski joined them as an LGBTQ athlete winning a medal in judo. This time, Grabowski won bronze for the mixed team category. She made Team Germany proud.
Sanne van Dijke
Competing for the Netherlands, Sanne van Dijke is the last judo winner on our list. Sanne van Dijke won in the women’s 70kg category.
Carl Hester won the bronze medal for the team dressage for Team Great Britain.
Italian archer Lucilla Boari was won an individual bronze medal in the sport. She was then surprised by Italy House which congratulated her with a message from her girlfriend.
Larissa Franklin and Joey Lye
Playing for Team Canada, these athletes won bronze with the rest of their softball team.
Congratulations to all the winners! Hopefully, more LGBTQ athletes will join this list in the coming days.