Queer idea is in full session on the 2021 Tokyo Olympics. After which some! The Summer season Video games would be the queerest ever, with 142 publicly out gay, transgender and nonbinary athletes going for the Gold.
Outsports and The Queerstory Files say the variety of publicly out LGBTQ athletes in Tokyo isn’t solely double the variety of out athletes who competed within the 2016 Rio Video games, however higher than the variety of such athletes in all earlier Summer season Olympic Video games mixed. Aren’t all of us in for a deal with?
Guess who’s main the large LGBTQ parade. It’s the USA with 30 out-standing athletes. The leaderboard additionally consists of Canada (16), the UK (15), the Netherlands (14), New Zealand (9) (see trans weightlifter Laurel Hubbard in above picture), Australia (10) and Brazil (9).
Lesbians outnumber homosexual males 8-1, with women’s soccer boasting 30 out gamers. Outsports says, “This continues a pattern seen at previous Olympics and is reflective of out athletes in elite non-Olympic sports activities the place girls additionally proliferate.” Atta boy, women!
There are extra statistics for Outsports to cheer about, too. A minimum of 25 nations function at the least one publicly out athlete, in 26 sports activities. This yr’s Olympics are additionally introducing the first trans Olympians.
Why the most important improve within the variety of out athletes this yr? Outsports says it “displays the rising acceptance of LGBTQ folks in sports activities and society. The rise of social media, particularly Instagram, has given athletes a discussion board the place they will reside their lives overtly and determine instantly with their followers.”
The annual in-your-face June Pleasure Month additionally may need inspired extra athletes to declare their out standing. If you weren’t hiding underneath a rock, you may need seen a factor or two talked about about Pride Month earlier this summer time.
Outsports additionally brags of the excessive requirements it has established for figuring out who’s out and who’s nonetheless within the closet. “If somebody has not made a public declaration to the media that they’re LGBTQ, they will nonetheless be included on this record if they’re overtly dwelling their life as an out particular person on social media, notably if they’ve made clear they’re in a same-sex relationship.”
It’s a reduction to know Outsports isn’t letting any fakes sneak onto the record of out athletes.
Within the occasion that, whereas watching the Olympics on tv, you’ll be able to’t inform the out athletes and not using a scorecard, you should utilize the list on the backside of the Outsports story to notice the identification of the 142 out athletes.
The long-held Olympic motto of “citius, altitus, fortius” (‘quickest, highest, strongest”) simply doesn’t do justice anymore. The Worldwide Olympic Committee might as nicely make it official and add the phrase “queerest.”