Why It Gets Better: You Could Medal in the Olympics

All of the below people are someone just like you. They are someone who discovered they were attracted to members of the same sex. They probably went through a lot of the internal though/emotional process as you with this discovery. Look to them as someone you can be. Look to them to see the heights to which you can achieve as a gay person. Look to them as a role model. Their achievements shows the world just how a gay person can be capable.

From SB Nation:

The 2012 openly gay Olympic medal winners are:

  • GOLD: Seimone Augustus, USA, Basketball. The U.S. women’s basketball team was arguably the most dominant team in any sport at these Olympics.
  • GOLD: Carl Hester, Great Britain, Equestrian. Hester and his two teammates won Great Britain’s first-ever Team Dressage gold. Hester finished fifth overall in the individual competition.
  • GOLD: Marilyn Agliotti, Carlien Dirkse van den Heuvel, Kim Lammers, Maartje Paumen, Netherlands, Field Hockey. The Dutch women beat Argentina, 2-0, in the gold medal match. Paumen and Dirkse van den Heuvel scored the team’s two goals.
  • GOLD: Megan Rapinoe, USA, Soccer. The Americans beat Japan, 2-1, in the gold medal match. Rapinoe had a key pass in the game. She also had two big goals in the semifinal match. Coach Pia Sundhage is also openly lesbian.
  • SILVER: Judith Arndt, Germany, Cycling. Arndt was the first out athlete to win a medal in London, taking silver in the road race time trial.
  • BRONZE: Edward Gal, Netherlands, Equestrian. Gal was on the bronze-medal team for Team Dressage; He finished ninth overall in the individual event.
  • BRONZE: Lisa Raymond, USA, Tennis. Raymond and partner Mike Bryan won the mixed doubles bronze medal.

Read the full article

Related: The 20 Openly Gay Athletes Of The 2012 Olympics

Why It Gets Better is a series of postings showing, real-time, concrete, tangible ways that life is getting better for LGBT people.

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3 Responses to Why It Gets Better: You Could Medal in the Olympics

  1. tendergender says:

    While I like this post, and agree that it’s great that more and more athletes are coming out, I’d like to point out that trans* people are still barred from competing in the Olympics. We’ve all still got a long way to go!

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