Nicola is a retired boxer from West Yorkshire, England. In a very fulfilling career of impressive records, Adams, an out lesbian, counts being the first out LGBTQ+ to win a gold medal for boxing at the Olympics.
She has also been recognized by The Independent as the most influential LGBTQ+ individual in Britain. After taking home gold at the 2012 Olympics, Adams successfully kept her title by defeating her French rival at the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics.
Šárka Pančochová Šárka
Pančochová is known for her eccentric and lively attitude. The snowboarder has twice represented her country, the Czech Republic, at the Olympics. First in 2012 and secondly at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.
She qualified for the final round in the slopestyle division but sadly crashed out. True to her childlike nature, Pančochová donned a zebra onesie when coming out in an interview in 2017.
David Lee Pearson
Sir David Lee Pearson is a prolific Paralympic gold medallist, having obtained fourteen gold medals in the Paralympic para-equestrian competition. Dominating in almost every division, Pearson remains a true force in the para-equestrian field.
After bagging his twelfth Paralympic gold medal, Pearson gave a truly moving speech about challenges encountered by those facing physical disabilities and LGBTQ+ issues. Within the speech, Pearson explained that love has to conquer everything else.
Cizeron took home silver in the 2018 Winter Olympics held in Pyeongchang. Winning medals is a familiar feeling for Guillaume, who was the world ice dancing champion four times over.
Though out for most of his life, Cizeron decided that on the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia, he would share a post about being openly gay. Cozying up to his boyfriend, Cizeron captioned the post with the famous words “Celebrate love.”
Dutee Chand, an Indian professional sprinter, had her fair share of uphill battles in the sporting world. Dutee found herself disqualified from competing in 2018 due to high androgen levels, a rule imposed by the IAAF.
Hyperandrogenism is believed to give athletes with the condition an unfair advantage over other competitors. She did qualify, however, for the Women’s 100 Metres event at the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics. Chand has been in a long-term relationship with her girlfriend and found the willingness to come out after India’s Supreme Court decriminalized gay sex in 2018.