Twigg is a world champion rower and four-time Olympian from New Zealand. A multi-medallist, Twigg finally scooped gold at her fourth Olympic tournament in the single sculls event during the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics.
Though long identified as gay, Twigg felt inspired to pursue advocacy and involvement in the LGBTQ+ community after her marriage to her wife, Charlotte, in 2020.
Californian native Tara Llanes is a true multi-sportsperson and Olympian. Llanes is best known for her career as a BMX rider. A devastating crash during a 2007 BMX race left Lllanes with an injury, but she has gone on to compete in wheelchair tennis and wheelchair basketball.
Having known she was gay since a young age, Llanes struggled to come out for fear of losing sponsorship. Having finally come out, she claims the feeling was liberating.
Urtez is an American softball player who represented Mexico in the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics. During their game against Japan, Anissa made world history being the first to hit a home run for the Mexican Olympic Softball team.
She is out and engaged to fellow softball player Amanda Chidester. Interestingly, Urtez and Chidester played for opposing teams during the 2020 Tokyo Olympics as Chidester represented America.
Six foot five-inch Ebrar Karakurt is a Turkish volleyball player. Making the grade to be part of the Turkish Olympic Volleyball team came with some vicious attacks.
After coming out on her social media and posting images of her girlfriend, Karakurt endured months of criticism from prominent Turkish figures, including her relationship being labeled as “scandalous” by one popular newspaper. Her teammates and coach rallied around her and pushed back against the attacks with equal force.
Vervoort was a Belgian wheelchair sprinter. Developing a medical condition in her early adolescence was an almost impossible obstacle for Vervoort’s career. But she overcame every hurdle she faced.
Marieke bagged gold and at the 2012 London Paralympics and went on to win silver and bronze at the 2016 Rio Paralympics. Vervoort passed away peacefully in 2019 after achieving things many can only dream of.