Brittney Griner and Elena Delle Donne are two lesbians who won gold medals at Rio 2016. Isn’t it wonderful to look at these athletic women and the fact that they are “out” in the world. The Rio games had the most number of LGBT players in history. The USA national team had eight women LGBT athletes.
In August 2016, Delle Donne’s engagement to long-time girlfriend Amanda Clifton was made public. It was announced in the August copy of Vogue.
RIO GAMES EXPLORED – NO GAY MEN?
According to OutSports, there was a record 53 out LGBT athletes that competed in the Games. Of the 554 athletes of the US Olympic Team, eight of them were openly-out LGBT– and all of them women
WHICH SPORTS DID THESE 8 LESBIANS PLAY?
FOUR played USA Basketball: are Seimone Augustus, Elena Delle Donne, Brittney Griner, and Angel McCoughtry
ONE: Megan Rapinoe played soccer for USA
TWO: Kelly Griffin, Jillion Potter were part of the rugby USA team
ONE: Ashley Nee competed in the USA Kayak whitewater slalom.
BRITTNEY GRINER INTERVIEWED.
So how come the US Olympic Team LGBT athletes are primarily women? Where Meanwhile, Griner said in an interview with USA Today: “I would love to see more (come out) on the men’s side, more players feel comfortable to come out. But I also understand it because as a player, I’ve been that person where it’s really hard to come out.”
“Female athletes have been ahead of the men in terms of coming out publicly for years. Part of that is that there are more lesbian and bisexual women in elite-level sports than there are gay and bisexual men,” Cyd Zeigler of OutSports told Upworthy.
“That means not just more athletes and coaches to come out, but also a larger support structure within the sport for LGBT women than the men. Plus you have an overall broader cultural acceptance of gay and bisexual women than men have,” Zeigler said.