Thirty-six-year-old Eric Radford is a Canadian pair skater who has achieved Olympic gold, silver, and bronze medals. On top of this, Radford is acknowledged as the first out gay man to secure a gold medal at the Winter Olympics, having announced his being a gay man at the peak of his skating career.
He has been married to Luis Fenero since 2019. A representative for the Canadian Olympic Committee’s #OneTeam, Radford helps craft learning programs that battle homophobia in sport.
Mexican rhythmic gymnast Rut Castillo twirled onto the Olympic scene at the 2021 Tokyo Summer Olympics. As far as inspirational stories go, Castillo’s certainly ranks near the top. With no trainer nor facilities, she managed to secure an online trainer.
This is in the face of overcoming a severe back injury. Rut openly shares posts of her and her girlfriend for her fans on social media. She does note the stigma of being gay in her home country still affects her lifestyle.
Tom Bosworth is a British Olympic race walker who disclosed his being a gay man in October 2015 on a BBC show. Coming out wasn’t exactly new for Tom who has long been known as such to all close friends, family, and colleagues.
His public disclosure was more to provide an answer for longstanding fans. Tom’s passion to champion LGBTQ+ rights has gone as far as him stating that he would take the chance of being imprisoned in defending LGBTQ+ rights in Qatar.
Christopher Kinney, a Japanese-American bobsledder, competed with his team at the four-man bobsleigh event in the 2018 Winter Olympics. Kinney wrote a truly moving article in 2020 describing very intimate challenges he experienced being a bisexual man while living in Japan.
However, at the Winter Olympics, a fellow LGBTQ+ teammate encouraged Kinney to come out. Feeling confident after Olympic success, Kinney openly did so.
Augustus Richard Kenworthy, an Olympic silver medal holder in the Men’s slopestyle, has gained a following as an athlete, actor, and YouTube personality. Kentworthy picked up his silver medal during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.
Publically coming out in 2015 during an ESPN interview, he sated he wanted to come out with an interview in a big platform, saying he hopes his coming out will help kids all over the world.