Abby is an American wheelchair basketball player. Dunkin was not always wheelchair-bound, though. But, Sport had always been part of Dunkin’s life and this setback did not prevent her from pursuing a career in it.
She took home gold with her team in the 2016 Rio Paralympics. A passionate voice for the LGBTQ+ community, Dunkin has said that it’s important for LGBTQ+ athletes to speak up about their experiences.
Bowe, known as a speed queen for her speed skating prowess, is an out LGBTQ+ athlete from the United States. Brittany competed in the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics but failed to make an impression. She does hold a few world records, however.
Bowe has stated she is LGBTQ+ but has not made it clear where on the spectrum. She has opened up and spoken about her relationship with a woman.
Moran Samuel is an Israeli multi-medallist, scoring gold, silver, and bronze medals in wheelchair basketball and rowing. As with other athletes mentioned above, Moran was not always disabled and only lost the use of her legs at the age of twenty-four.
This did not keep Moran down and she persisted in her sporting ambitions. She joined the Bet HaLohem team as the only female member. Openly lesbian, Moran has two children with her wife, Limor Samuel Goldberg.
New Zealand rugby player Gayle Broughton was part of the team that grabbed a much-deserved gold at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Broughton proudly carries her Māori heritage alongside her coming out as a lesbian. Broughton had, even more, to be proud of, she is in the New Zealand Women's Rugby team. Her team took the prize of the Best Female Team of the 2020 Olympics. Broughton has adopted a child with her partner, Tahlia Lawrence.
One time Olympian judoka Alice Bellandi is proudly out. Famous for her heartfelt tributes to her girlfriend, she makes it clear who her inspiration in her sporting career is.
Bellandi, unfortunately, did not take home a medal from the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Her being out as a notable public figure is a milestone in Italy as the country does not allow for same-sex marriage and only recognizess civil unions.