«It can more readily, a higher level, the more strongly, the common“. “Faster, higher, stronger, together.” It is the Olympic motto revised and corrected version for 2021, changed after 127 years of history for the Tokyo Olympics. The International Olympic Committee accepted the proposal of President Thomas Bach who wanted to underline the common effort against the pandemic. Together however, it is also a word of inclusiveness that is well associated with the games that have the largest number of representatives of the Lgbtq + community.
OutSports it counts 161 athletes gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer and nonbinary who claimed to belong to the LGBTQ + community to participate in the Tokyo Olympic Games. The number has more than doubled compared to Rio 2016, it is almost triple. There were 56 at the time, just 23 in London 2012.
There are well-known names such as the British diver Tom Daley, married to American screenwriter Dustin Lance Black and father of a child born with gestation for others. Even more famous is the American footballer Megan Rapinoe who is at the Olympics with his partner, the basketball player Sue Bird.
For Italy there is Rachele Bruni, silver in Rio 2016 in the 10 km cross-country skiing which then dedicated the medal also to his partner. For her there was no need to come out, she said she had always lived without problems, but that dedication showed her story to the world. The site OutSports also reports Paola Egonu who has previously said that she is engaged to a woman, but in a more recent interview she added that in the future she may fall in love with a boy or another woman.
In Tokyo there are also couples playing on the same team. Megan Jones and Celia Quansah are two British rugby players. Edward Gal and Hans Peter Minderhoud were already a couple in Rio. They are part of the Dutch riding team and both already have an Olympic medal at home. Also for Great Britain are Sarah Jones and Leah Wilkinson. They are engaged and part of the team of hockey on a lawn that has already seen a triumph as a couple. Kate and Helen Richardson-Walsh won gold 5 years ago when married.
They are not on the same team, but they are the players of together in life softball Anissa Urtez and Amanda Chidester, the first is Mexican, the second American. Georgia Simmerling and Stephanie Labbe are both Canadians: Georgia Simmerling in cycling and Stephanie Labbe in football.
At least 25 countries have an athlete who has declared his homosexuality or bisexuality. 26 are the sports represented. Most of the coming out came from women’s football, over 30 players. In general it is mainly women who have declared themselves with an average of 8 to 1. There are 30 US LGBT athletes in Tokyo, 16 Canadians, 15 British, 13 Dutch and 9 New Zealanders including the first transgender athlete of the games.