Matthews is a sitting volleyball Paralympian. She was instrumental in catapulting her team to victory at the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics having scored nineteen points, making her one of only three American sitting volleyball players to achieve such an impressive tally.
Monique has spoken openly and supportively of her husband’s transition. When she married her husband Landon in 2016, he had not yet transitioned and she recalls some of the challenges faced during this time.
Forty-year-old Robert Newton is a retired hurdler that competed in the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens. Even though Newton was Britain’s number one hurdler at the time, he was unsuccessful in qualifying for the second round.
Openly gay, he recalled the conversation with his manager about coming out publically. His manager told him that people would either love him or hate him for doing this. Newton felt he had to be a role model and went ahead with the decision to come out.
Mia is a retired Norwegian handball player who grabbed bronze with her team at the 2000 Sydney Summer Olympics. Hundvin was highly praised for scoring the winning goal against South Korea that afforded the team the coveted bronze medal.
She shared a registered partnership with her girlfriend and fellow handball player Camilla Andersen for three years before breaking off the relationship. Hundvin does not define herself as a lesbian and says that when she has feelings for someone she forgets their gender.
Wright made a name for herself at the 2016 Rio Paralympics by scooping five medals – four silver and one bronze. Hailing from Great Britain, Crystal is a track and road para cyclist. Speaking to British Cycling, Lane-Wright did outline both her sexuality and her career stating that she sees being gay as an advantage as it made her stronger.
Stronger indeed as she shares the enviable title of having multiple medals at a single Paralympic tournament.
South African-born Leigh-Ann Naidoo is an out Olympian beach volleyball player. Naidoo competed at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens but unfortunately, her team did not qualify to advance to the medal rounds.
A passionate activist for LGBTQ+ rights, Naidoo was asked to become an ambassador of the Gay Games. Originally from Durban, she now resides in Cape Town, South Africa with her long-term girlfriend Kelly Gillespie.