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Gay athletes at the 2016 Olympics in Rio

08th August 2016
Gay athletes at the 2016 Olympics in Rio Meet the out & proud athletes who take pride in their hard work and identity as well.


Tom Bosworth (Great Britain, race walk) – although having been bullied in high school, he never chose to hide his sexuality http://www.telegraph.co.uk/athletics/2016/06/11/meet-tom-bosworth-the-torch-bearer-who-yearns-to-be-just-an-athl/


Tom Daley (Great Britain, diving) – out since 2013 December, by 2015 he was already engaged to the love of his life.


Amini Fonua (Tonga, swimming) – already out at the 2012 Olympics as well; he proudly dons a swimsuit from the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center http://www.outsports.com/2016/8/5/12388862/gay-swimmer-olympics-swimsuit-amini-fonua


"A high profile celebrity couple” http://www.eurodressage.com/equestrian/2008/01/10/edward-gal-and-hans-peter-minderhoud-one-track-minds Edward Gal & Hans Peter Minderhoud (Netherlands, both equestrians)


Carl Hester (Great Britain, equestrian) – Britain’s only openly gay athelete at this year’s Olympic Games http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2012/08/08/team-gold-for-britains-only-openly-gay-olympian-carl-hester/


Ari-Pekka Liukkonen (Finland, swimming) – the first and so far only Finnish athlete to come out while still active http://www.queerty.com/finish-olympic-swimmer-ari-pekka-liukkonen-comes-out-20140202


Robbie Manson (New Zealand, rowing) – “It’s all right to be gay” http://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/other-sports/64471866/olympic-rower-robbie-manson-its-all-right-to-be-gay


Ian Matos (Brazil, diving) – He came out after being inspired to do so by Britain’s Tom Daley https://www.glaad.org/blog/brazilian-diver-ian-matos-comes-out-gay


Spencer Wilton (Great Britain, equestrian) – formerly in a relationship with fellow equestrian Carl Hester


Jeffrey Wammes (Netherlands, gymnastics) – he chose to come out in a magazine edition focusing on the gay athletes of The Netherlands http://www.newnownext.com/dutch-gymnast-jeffrey-wammes-vaults-out-of-the-closet/04/2011/
 

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