Robyn Lambird has made a name for themselves by being the first out non-binary Paralympian to bring home a medal for Australia. A veteran wheelchair racer, Robyn achieved a lightning-fast speed of 18.68 seconds in the division during the 2020 Tokyo Summer Paralympics.
Aside from sports, Robyn uses their fame to promote LGBTQIA issues in the world of fashion often doing shoots for brands such as Target. Robyn summed up their message in a few simple words: “disabled people are hot!”
Bisexual Olympian rower Maarten Hurkmans took to Instagram to disclose and discuss his sexuality on social media.
Although everyone close to Maarten was aware of him being a bisexual man, Maarten felt it necessary to inspire others who could find comfort in his personal experience. At the Tokyo Olympics, Maarten helped propel his team to fifth place in the Men’s Eight rowing division.
After a motorcycle accident left Lucky Shuker as a T4 paraplegic, doctors held little hope that Lucy would ever compete in sports. However, in a little under a year, Lucy, a lifelong competitor in badminton, was on the tennis court.
Lucy’s determination has seen her reach almost all major tennis tournaments, right up to the Paralympic Grand Slam finals. Speaking to BBC’s LGBT Sports podcast, Lucy mentioned she doesn’t believe her sexuality needs a label and just “happens” to find herself in love with a woman.
Alena Sharp is renowned for her golfing excellence and has recently ranked in the top twenty-five golfers within the United States Women’s championship and the Woman’s PGA Championship. She was equally well-known for keeping her private and professional separate.
In 2017 Alena opened up to discuss her relationship with a female caddie, Sarah Bowman. Alena does not make it a point to fly the pride flag per se but is now candid about her sexuality.
It had been almost four decades before a New Zealander stepped onto the diving board to compete at the Olympics. Anton Down-Jenkins was the first New Zealander in almost half a century to do so. Down-Jenkins has been candid about his sexuality as a gay man since joining the New Zealand national diving team.
He has recalled always feeling supported and confident in his sexuality but realizes that many athletes do not. He has said that LGBTQI+ representation in the media is incredibly important for the community.