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Meet The Gay Athletes Heading To The Olympics, And A Few Who Almost Made It

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The 2012 Summer Olympics start on July 27, and we’ve got our watchful eye on the queer athletes heading to London. Not many have publicly acknowledged their orientation, but the brave few who have get a gold medal in our book.

In the 2008 Beijing games, 11 athletes were out about their sexuality. So far, London doesn’t have nearly that many LGBT competitors. (A proposed Olympic Pride House in Clapham Common was cancelled due to lack of sponsorship.) Perhaps after the medals have been handed out and the pressure is off, a few more will feel comfortable stepping forward and representing the rainbow.

Click through to meet the out athletes of the 2012 Summer Olympic Games—and those who came close to getting the gold

Is there a queer Olympian we missed? Tell us in the comments.

 

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By:           Aaron Coleman
On:           Jul 17, 2012
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  • 27 Comments
    • EdWoody
      EdWoody

      At the risk of setting off a powderkeg, I can’t help but note that there a lot more women in this article than men. And I feel that this points to a still ongoing perception of sports as being a masculine pastime. A lesbian is more likely to be out in sports because she’s more likely to be accepted because, well, a lesbian is basically a man anyway (they would say). Whereas a gay man, well he’s threatening to the male dominated hierarchy and therefore much less likely to be accepted.

      NB. I wish I didn’t have to point this out, but I want to make clear this is not MY opinion above, but an opinion I could easily see others having.

      Jul 17, 2012 at 6:14 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Analog
      Analog

      Matthew Mitcham!!!! <3

      Jul 17, 2012 at 6:16 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Tavdy79
      Tavdy79

      The Olympic Pride House has been resurrected: it will now be in Limehouse rather than Clapham, and they’re looking for volunteers.

      Jul 17, 2012 at 8:11 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Cam
      Cam

      @EdWoody:

      I think part of it might be, that a woman competing in sports probably has a competitive, aggressive personality to make it to the Olympics. She has already broken some stereotypes so many is more aggressive about coming out. Whereas a man has grown up being called a f a g in the locker room if they didn’t play well. But really, who knows, maybe the women are just braver this Olympics. Hopefully the men will catch up before the games are over.

      Jul 17, 2012 at 9:04 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Analog
      Analog

      Given there’s so few out gay athletes of any description, I doubt there’s anything of worth that can be ascertained from the handful who have.
      If there was loads of out lesbian athletes and only one or two gay men, then maybe speculation of this nature would have more merit, but as it stands, the only thing one can say with any certainty is that the vast majority of gay athletes are in the closet regardless of gender, race or any other factor…

      Jul 17, 2012 at 10:10 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Mikey Rox
      Mikey Rox

      The headline is ‘Meet the Gay Athletes Heading to the Olympics.’ But three out of the eight athletes listed aren’t going to the Olympics… and neither would Queerty if it was an accuracy competition.

      Jul 17, 2012 at 11:12 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Jay
      Jay

      Closets are deep, especially in sports. ever notice how most of the cars with gay stickers are driven by women? maybe they’re braver than men…maybe men have more to lose if being out turns against them…it is curious that there were so many more women than men in this article…one day, maybe soon, that will change.

      Jul 17, 2012 at 12:55 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Analog
      Analog

      @Jay: “ever notice how most of the cars with gay stickers are driven by women? maybe they’re braver than men”

      Or maybe women are just more likely to put stickers on their cars?

      Jul 17, 2012 at 12:56 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Zane
      Zane

      Go Megan Rapinoe!

      Jul 17, 2012 at 1:35 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • aussie1
      aussie1

      How about Ian Thorpe??

      Jul 17, 2012 at 1:51 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Ted
      Ted

      Lots of the headlines on stories on this site seem to be misleading.

      Jul 17, 2012 at 1:58 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • LVgay
      LVgay

      Paul Ruggeri is another gay gymnast and had a better shot at making the Olympic team than Dixon actually. He isn’t out in the media, but to friends, fans, etc he is.

      Jul 17, 2012 at 4:16 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • dazzer
      dazzer

      I hope Queerty will do another article detailing the out Paralympians – and there are several. Gay Paralympians face all the same problems that out Olympians do, but have to face extra discrimination because they’re disabled. I know that out gay Olympians are ‘news’ stories because they’re usually physically beautiful and make for good photos. But if you look at someone like Lee Pearson (an out equistrian Paralympian who has 10 gold medals to his name and has beaten able-bodied equestrian Olympians), being out and a world-beater should be celebrated across the ‘gay’ world.

      Jul 17, 2012 at 4:35 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Andrew
      Andrew

      Matthew is one ray of sunshine I’d love to wake up with every morning.

      Jul 17, 2012 at 7:42 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Danny
      Danny

      The Olympics aren’t the best athletes in the world; they are simply the athletes wishing to jump through hoops and get sponsors.

      The best games are the ones where people are actually having fun – like the Special Olympics, the Gay Games, the Outgames, etc. which still have the spirit of sportsmanship without the money focus.

      Jul 18, 2012 at 2:57 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Sean
      Sean

      It would be nice if you would have at least labeled the pictures with at least the Gay Olympians names, if not a brief bio in the description of each photo. I think they at least deserve the respect of being properly credited and mentioned. The only two articles I viewed on queerty.com today is this article and the article on hunks at comi-con, the pictures of the “hunks” have their “names” in the description, and our incredible gay olympians have nothing in the description below their photos. Hopefully just an error and this will be corrected. Sincerely SPW

      Jul 18, 2012 at 5:15 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Analog
      Analog

      Matthew Mitcham is the only one I’ll be cheering on and I hope so much that he wins gold.
      He’s a hell of an inspiration for gay athletes: out for so long, despite troubles getting sponsorship and the fact his winning gold already was met with far less fanfare in Australia than there would undoubtedly have been had he not been gay.
      Yes, he’s super-cute and lovely and everything, but that’s not why I think he so wondeful (honest!!) – he’s not really my type anyway; too young. :)
      Good luck, Matt!!!

      Jul 18, 2012 at 1:55 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Analog
      Analog

      ^ He’s an inspiration for ALL athletes too, of course – due to his success.

      Jul 18, 2012 at 1:56 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Nicholas
      Nicholas

      @Analog: I don’t normally go for blondes, but that cat is adorbs, and, besides being an exceptional athlete, seems like he is also a pretty awesome human being if you look into his bio.

      Jul 19, 2012 at 3:53 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • michael
      michael

      God Matthew is so adorable. The boy you wanna take home to meet the family.

      Jul 19, 2012 at 3:55 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • KARUADAM
      KARUADAM

      @Mikey Rox: Go suck egg.

      Jul 28, 2012 at 2:25 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • KARUADAM
      KARUADAM

      @Ted: Are you reading them first? dosn`t look like.

      Jul 28, 2012 at 2:26 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Jeff
      Jeff

      @EdWoody:

      This is a fairly old argument that i don’t think holds true anymore. Across society you see lesbians tend to be more out in general.

      Aug 2, 2012 at 2:51 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Mass prince
      Mass prince

      pretty much gay just by looking at his mouth

      Aug 2, 2012 at 6:37 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Anonymous
      Anonymous

      LVGay…if you knew Paul at all, you’d know he doesn’t really use a label as to what he is.

      Aug 8, 2012 at 12:15 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • RJ
      RJ

      Outsports has a more thorough list with some coaches & a couple paralympians mentioned.. a couple as well!

      Aug 9, 2012 at 9:33 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • EvonCook
      EvonCook

      So Queerty what you meant to say before throwing the pc “lgbt” nonsense at us, was that here are the one gay guy and several lesbians that are in the Olympics and going for the gold.

      Aug 10, 2012 at 6:53 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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