Wright made a name for herself at the 2016 Rio Paralympics by scooping five medals – four silver and one bronze. Hailing from Great Britain, Crystal is a track and road para cyclist. Speaking to British Cycling, Lane-Wright did outline both her sexuality and her career stating that she sees being gay as an advantage as it made her stronger.
Stronger indeed as she shares the enviable title of having multiple medals at a single Paralympic tournament.
McCoughtry was a part of the U.S Women’s Olympic Basketball team that scored gold at the 2012 London Summer Olympics. The six-foot-one McCoughtry identifies as gay. In a very emotional Instagram post, she stated that connection is all that matters to her.
In the same post, McCoughtry alluded to the discrimination she and her ex-fiancee faced. Family, friends, and professional relationships were affected.
South African-born Leigh-Ann Naidoo is an out Olympian beach volleyball player. Naidoo competed at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens but unfortunately, her team did not qualify to advance to the medal rounds.
A passionate activist for LGBTQ+ rights, Naidoo was asked to become an ambassador of the Gay Games. Originally from Durban, she now resides in Cape Town, South Africa with her long-term girlfriend Kelly Gillespie.
Matthews is a sitting volleyball Paralympian. She was instrumental in catapulting her team to victory at the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics having scored nineteen points, making her one of only three American sitting volleyball players to achieve such an impressive tally.
Monique has spoken openly and supportively of her husband’s transition. When she married her husband Landon in 2016, he had not yet transitioned and she recalls some of the challenges faced during this time.
Mia is a retired Norwegian handball player who grabbed bronze with her team at the 2000 Sydney Summer Olympics. Hundvin was highly praised for scoring the winning goal against South Korea that afforded the team the coveted bronze medal.
She shared a registered partnership with her girlfriend and fellow handball player Camilla Andersen for three years before breaking off the relationship. Hundvin does not define herself as a lesbian and says that when she has feelings for someone she forgets their gender.