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The Olympic Games have long stood as a cultural cornerstone for countries to showcase some of the greatest talent around the globe. As LGBTQ+ rights, recognition and advocacy continue to grow, we’re witnessing a cultural shift as more athletes are openly existing as themselves in and out of their teams.

To date, the number of LGBTQ+ athletes participating in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games is greater than those who took part in all previous summer Olympic events – making this year’s Games a monumental moment for both queer athletes and audiences.

Team GB has 13 openly LGBTQ+ athletes competing for a medal at this year’s event, including Tom Daley, Carl Hester, Saskia Budgett and Tom Bosworth. The Team GB women’s football squad has five openly LGBTQ+ players too.

The United States leads the way with the most openly LGBTQ+ athletes who will appear at the 2020 Games. Their total of 47 openly LGBTQ+ athletes includes Sue Bird, Megan Rapinoe, Nick Wagman, Erica Sullivan and Kayla Miracle.

Canada has the second most out LGBTQ+ athletes with 33, while the Netherlands are third with 20.

But it’s New Zealand who is making history this year, with Laurel Hubbard becoming the first ever out trans athlete to compete in a solo event at the Olympic Games. She will be hoping for a medal in the weightlifting event.

After coming out as trans last year, Canadian football star Quinn will make their return to the Olympics this summer. They will be hoping for another medal for their team after scoring a bronze back in 2016.

There’s plenty of incredible LGBTQ+ talent at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games this year who will add to Team LGBTQ’s growing medal tally. To date, LGBTQ+ athletes have won 93 gold, 75 silver and 61 bronze medals.

Now, as the grand sporting ceremony edges closer, we’ve taken the time to put together a guide of more than 100 LGBTQ+ athletes who will be starring in the 2020 Olympics. While all the athletes we have included are out, not all of them have opted to publicly label themselves, so we have only included information that feels relevant to each sportsperson’s achievements and LGBTQ+ identity.

As a whole, this list has been curated to highlight and platform the courageous sportspeople joining the Olympics. However, this list is not exclusive and there are likely LGBTQ+ athletes that have chosen not to publicly disclose their identity out of preference, safety, or personal choice. These athletes are equally respected and supported for their achievements.

Below is the full list of the historic number of LGBTQ+ athletes competing in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.


Cecilia Carranza Saroli – Sailing



Robyn Lambird – Wheelchair racing

Leilani Mitchell – Basketball

Sharni Williams – Rugby


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Poppy Starr Olsen – Skateboarding

Sam Kerr – Football

Chloe Logarzo – Football

Teagan Micah – Football

Tameka Yallop – Football

Kaia Parnaby – Softball

Sam Stosur – Tennis



Julie Allemand – Basketball

Kim Mestdagh – Basketball

Ann Wauters – Basketball

Domien Michiels – Equestrian

Alison van Uytvanck – Softball



Silvana Lima – Surfing

Douglas Souza – Volleyball

Tifanny Abreu – Volleyball

Isadora Cerullo – Rugby

Andressa Alves – Football

Marta da Silva – Football

Ana Marcela Cunha – Swimming

Ana Carolina da Silva – Volleyball



Ness Murby – Para-athletics

Quinn – Football


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Annie Guglia – Skateboarding

Shaina Pellington – Basketball

Florence Maheu – Canoe Slalom

Georgia Simmerling – Cycling Track

Alena Sharp – Golf

Bárbara Barbosa – Football

Kadeisha Buchanan – Football

Stephanie Labbé – Football

Erin McLeod – Football

Kailen Sheridan – Football

Larissa Franklin – Softball

Markus Thormeyer – Swimming

Gabriela DeBues-Stafford – Athletics



Yenny Acuña Berrios – Football

Christiane Endler – Football

Fernanda Pinilla – Football


Andri Eleftheriou – Shooting



Cathrine Dufour – Equestrian



Cathrine Dufour – Swimming



Astrid Guyart – Fencing

Alexandra Lacrabère – Handball

Amandine Buchard – Judo

Mélanie Henique – Swimming


Great Britain

Tom Daley – Diving


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Carl Hester – Equestrian

Susannah Townsend – Field Hockey

Mel Reid – Golf

Tom Bosworth – Athletics, race walk

Saskia Budgett – Rowing

Megan Jones – Rugby

Celia Quansah – Rugby

Rachel Daly – Football

Fran Kirby – Football

Jill Scott – Football

Demi Stokes – Football

Carly Telford – Football



Dutee Chand – Athletics



Aoife Cooke – Athletics

Jack Woolley – Taekwondo


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Kellie Harrington – Boxing



Valentina Petrillo – Para-athletics

Rachele Bruni – Swimming



Anissa Urtez – Softball



Edward Gal – Equestrian

Hans Peter Minderhoud – Equestrian

Maarten Hurkmans – Rowing

Anouk Dekker – Football


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Sisca Folkertsma – Football

Vivianne Miedema – Football

Sherida Spitse – Football

Daniëlle van de Donk – Football

Shanice van de Sanden – Football

Stefanie Van Der Gragt – Football

Merel van Dongen – Football

Demi Schuurs – Tennis


New Zealand

Laurel Hubbard – Weightlifting

Anton Down-Jenkins – Equestrian

Grace O’Hanlon – Field Hockey

Emma Twigg – Rowing

Kelly Brazier – Rugby

Gayle Broughton – Rugby

Ruby Tui – Rugby

Portia Woodman – Rugby

Abby Erceg – Football

Hannah Wilkinson – Football



Sofia Mulanovich – Surfing



Margielyn Didal – Skateboarding



Jolanta Ogar – Sailing


Puerto Rico

Dayshalee Salamán – Basketball



Paula Ginzo – Basketball



Nathalie Hagman – Handball

Tessie Savelkouls – Judo

Magda Eriksson – Football

Lina Hurtig – Football

Hedvig Lindahl – Football

Caroline Seger – Football



Amini Fonua – Swimming



Nikki Hiltz – Athletics

Chelsea Wolfe – BMX

Megan Rapinoe – Football

Hannah Roberts – BMX

Perris Benegas – BMX

Sue Bird – Basketball

Chelsea Gray – Basketball

Brittney Griner – Basketball

Sabrina Lozada-Cabbage – Basketball

Breanna Stewart – Basketball

Diana Taurasi – Basketball

Rashida Ellis – Boxing

Evy Leibfarth – Canoe Slalom

Nick Wagman – Equestrian

Kendall Chase – Rowing

Gia Doonan – Rowing

Meghan O’Leary – Rowing


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Ellen Tomek – Rowing

Julian Venonsky – Rowing

Alev Kelter – Rugby

Kristen Thomas – Rugby

Alexis Sablone – Skateboarding

Alana Smith – Skateboarding

Tierna Davidson – Football

Adrianna Franch – Football

Kelley O’Hara – Football

Ally Carda – Softball

Amanda Chidester – Softball

Taylor Edwards – Softball

Haylie McCleney – Softball

Erica Sullivan – Swimming

Erica Bougard – Athletics, heptathlete

Raven Saunders – Athletics, shotput

Kayla Miracle – Wrestling



Yulimar Rojas – Athletics, triple jump


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