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Congratulations to you both

Congratulations to you both

Say ‘hello’ and ‘congratulations’ to Rafaela Silva who won Brazil’s only gold medal in judo.   She used the opportunity to come out as a lesbian and thereby honoring the love of her life, Rafaela revaled that she is in a three year relatinship with Thamara Cezar.

Rafaela won her medal in the 57k (125 pounds) category in women’s judo.

The couple have three dogs that they call their ‘kids’.   She credits Thamara for being there as she trained for the Olympics.

Brazil's Rafaela Silva kisses her gold medal as she celebrates on the podium of the women's -57kg judo contest of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on August 8, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Toshifumi KITAMURATOSHIFUMI KITAMURA/AFP/Getty Images

Brazil’s Rafaela Silva kisses her gold medal as she celebrates on the podium of the women’s -57kg judo contest of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on August 8, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Toshifumi KITAMURATOSHIFUMI KITAMURA/AFP/Getty Images

When speaking to the media, Raphaela said:

‘She was there every day and knew how I was feeling, when I was sick when I wasn’t,’ Silva said. ‘Everything I needed, she was there to do it, so she is also very important in this victory’.

Silva is one of the record 48 openly LGBTI athletes in Rio.

We wish you both many happy years ahead.

paula

 

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