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.
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.
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.
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.
Wheelchair basketball player Cindy Ouellet has overcome a multitude of hurdles. She conquered a fatal disease as a teenager and as a result, has to use a wheelchair full-time. She credits sport with saving her life.
Ouellet is also proudly gay and has spoken out on behalf of the LGBTQ+ community stating that we should teach all kids that it is ok to be queer, or whatever you want to be you can be.