British golfer Mel Reid has enjoyed an outstanding career. After winning the LPGA in 2020, she represented England at the Tokyo Summer Olympics. Sadly, her Olympic career came to an end after she failed to secure a medal.
Mel, who came out as a lesbian in 2018, has used golf as a platform to help LGBTQIA youth. She has partnered with the National High School Golf Association to assist LGBTQ+ coaches, students, and parents.
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.
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.
American basketball player Breanna Stewart helped her team win gold at the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics and in the same year was elected as the WNBA Rookie of the Year. She has continued to achieve recognition and has racked up multiple championship titles.
In May 2021, the athlete announced her engagement to her long-time girlfriend, Marta Xargay, in an Instagram post. The news was also posted on her basketball team’s official Twitter account.
Stefanie Dolson was a key member in her team’s scoring of gold in the women’s 3x3 basketball tournament at the Toky Summer Olympics. She revealed that it took her a while to figure out her attraction to women and only realized she was gay after becoming part of the Women’s National Basketball Association.
She has noted that not it’s unnecessary for any gay player to feel compelled to come out. It's a personal choice and it needs to be respected either way.