Kellie Harrington proudly added gold to Ireland’s reserve of Olympic medals. The boxer from Dublin, Ireland slogged her way to domination at the 2021 Tokyo Summer Olympics. Harrington has neither come out nor “not come out”.
She’s been in a relationship with long-time partner Mandy Loughlin for over a decade. Speaking of her sexual identity, Harrington remarked that her sexuality has nothing to do with what she has achieved and that her private life and professional life have a clear distinction.
Dynamite comes in small packages. Five-foot-two Filipina boxer Irish Magno became the first female Filipina boxer to make the grade for the Olympic games and went on to represent the Philippines at the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics.
Magno has punched her way through many stereotypes as a female boxer. Her career was met with skepticism in her homeland. While not particularly vocal about her identity and LGBTQ+ issues, Magno is out and has been in a long-term relationship with her girlfriend, Erny Ann Micua.
Canadian cyclist Georgia Simmerling has twice represented her home country of Canada at the Olympics, helping secure a silver medal for her mates in the team pursuit division.
Simmerling proposed to her long-time girlfriend, Canadian soccer player Stephanie Labbé in August of 2021. Speaking of her relationship with Labbé as both a lesbian and fellow sportsperson, Georgia said that Labbé understands exactly what she goes through as an out person in the world of athletics.
Two-time Paralympian rower Laura Goodkind has stated that the platform of sport is the perfect channel to express themself and serve as inspiration to other LGBTQ+ individuals.
Goodkind identifies as non-binary and says that they only found peace around their identity once being made aware of the spectrum of genders. By being a voice for gender-neutral folk, Goodkind hopes that this will allow people to transcend labels.
Pellington competed in the Women’s Basketball division representing her country Canada at the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics. Proudly out, she recently became engaged to her partner, Arizona gymnast Sirena Linton.
The couple is well known for posting very affectionate and intimate Instagram posts proclaiming their devotion to each other. After returning from the Olympics, Pellington took the position of senior guard for the Arizona Women’s Basketball team.