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2018 Olympics Have a Record 14 Out LGBT+ Athletes

 

I had bookmarked the outsports.com story, 2018 Olympics will have a record 13 out LGBTQ athletes, but when I came back to do the write-up, it had changed to 14.

Often when we do this list, readers will alert us to someone we missed and we very much appreciate the tips. Send us any names we missed, along with relevant links, to: outsports@gmail.com.

Bravo outsports.com for saying, "HELLO! We missed one! Whoops!"  We love the peeps over at outsports.com for bringing us uplifting stories all the time.  They are truly a great resource for our community.

Okay, back to the Olympians.  I've been thinking about this for some time, what if we had more people come out during the Olympics, on their own terms, and own happiness?

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There are a record 14 publicly out LGBT+ athletes at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.  

The 2014 Winter Games in Sochi had seven out athletes, all women.

The 2012 Summer Games in London featured 23 out LGBT athletes. Others have come out publicly since they competed in London.

In contrast, there were 56 out Olympians at the much larger Summer Olympics in 2016.

This list includes athletes who are open publicly about their orientation (there has never been an openly transgender Olympic athlete), meaning they have discussed it at some point publicly. We are aware there are other LGBT Winter Olympians who are out within their sport or team, but they have chosen not to discuss it publicly; these athletes are not on this list.

Have a look at the list/video below and see what winter sport we will see they ROY-G-BV proudly flying at.

Related Post: Pyeongchang Organizers Failed To Raise Funds To Establish LGBT Pride House. What Country Stepped In?

 

 

Are you going to cheer on your LGBT+ Olympians?  Of course we will! 

 

h/t: outsports.com

First Openly Gay State Supreme Court Justice Nominated for Chief Justice

Dannel Malloy, Democratic Governor of Connecticut, has nominated state Supreme Court Justice Andrew McDonald for chief justice. This would make McDonald the first openly gay state chief justice in the United States. McDonald became part of the Supreme Court five years ago.

Malloy and McDonald have worked closely together since Malloy was mayor of the city of Stamford, but has selected McDonald because of “his intellect, temperament and respect for the rule of law,” according to the CT Mirror. Malloy also mentioned in regard to the historic moment “It also can’t go without noting the national significance of this nomination.”

As chief justice, McDonald would be the first member of the LGBT community to have the highest court in any state. Nationally, there are only a handful of LGBT justices in state supreme courts.

McDonald, who is 51, married his long-time partner, Charles Gray, in 2009 and has shared how important his decision to be open about his sexuality has been to his personal and professional career regardless of what those close to him advised:

When I was born here in Connecticut a little more than 50 years ago, loving relationships like the one Charles and I cherish were criminal in 49 states, including Connecticut. And when I came out in the early 1990s, I had family members who loved me deeply but so counseled me against pursuing either a career in law or in public service because of the deeply ingrained prejudices held by some people at that time.