Forty-year-old Robert Newton is a retired hurdler that competed in the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens. Even though Newton was Britain’s number one hurdler at the time, he was unsuccessful in qualifying for the second round.
Openly gay, he recalled the conversation with his manager about coming out publically. His manager told him that people would either love him or hate him for doing this. Newton felt he had to be a role model and went ahead with the decision to come out.
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.
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Weir is somewhat of a sports celebrity. A Pennsylvanian native, he has had a highly decorated career as an American figure skater and two-time Olympian. He only came out officially close to retirement. He details this in his 2011 autobiography, recalling being hesitant to embrace his sexuality after being told by a talent agent that it would harm his burgeoning skating career.
Weir stirred some controversy in the LGBTQ+ community when he was contracted to be a commentator for the Sochi Olympics.
Anja Pärson is a retired Swedish Alpine skier. A three-time Olympian, Pärson bagged six medals between the 2002, 2006, and 2010 Olympic games. She officially came out in 2012 while being interviewed on a radio program, divulging that she and her partner, Filippa Rådin, had been together for five years.
Pärson has dropped accusations at the International Olympic Committee of being “out of touch” with LGBTQ+ issues and accusing it of not standing up for gay rights during the Sochi Olympics.