Gay and lesbian olympians
His dramatic, sharp movements — and facial expressions to match—emulate those of a professional dancer, at once complementing and contradicting his smooth, unfettered movement along the ice. He hides the technical difficulty of every jump and spin with head-flips and a commanding gaze, a performer as well as an athlete. There are gay role models at every turn — on television, on local sports, and in our communities. Even so, the last time that the United States sent an openly gay man to any Olympic Games was in , when equestrians Guenter Seidel and Robert Dover won bronze in team dressage.
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Lesbian , gay , bisexual , and transgender LGBT athletes have competed in the Olympic and Paralympic Games , either openly, or having come out some time afterward. Cyd Zeigler, Jr. Marc Naimark of the Federation of Gay Games called the lack of openly gay athletes a symptom, not the problem, of the Olympic Games. In , after that year's Winter Olympics were held in Russia — a country that had recently banned the distribution of "propaganda of non-traditional sexual relationships" among minors, the IOC amended its host city contracts for the Winter Olympics to include an anti-discrimination provision based on Principle 6 of the Olympic Charter which itself includes sexual orientation. In the Summer Olympics in Beijing , only 15 athletes out of the 10, participants were openly gay, lesbian or bisexual, including:.
Jason Collins, a free agent who played with the Boston Celtics and the Washington Wizards during the National Basketball Association's season, made history on April 29 when he became the first male professional athlete currently playing in the United States to announce he's gay. Though this is a monumental event for the sports and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities, many other athletes have come out of the closet in the past. In the slideshow below, check out 27 other athletes who have helped bring more attention to LGBT issues in sports by being open and honest about who they are. US Edition U. Coronavirus News U.