Constantly being judged for being in the LGBT community has been a common aspect that has gone on for so many years. Many athletes have been bashed for their true sexuality, and often end up in a life-threatening situation. This year, a public change in this trend occurred when athletes from the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics publicly spoke out about their pride in being gay.
Athletes such as (list two or three) and other medalists in boxing, basketball, swimming, volleyball, rugby, beach volleyball, handball, badminton, and track have all showed their pride and justice in being apart of the LGBT community. If more athletes should speak out about their pride, there will soon be a positive breakthrough in history.
As news rushed about athletes taking pride in being part of the LGBT community came out, media began to cover top stories. Unfortunately, "a Daily Beast “exposé” — if such a trivial story could be called that — of sex at the 2016 Olympic Games".(thewashingtonpost.com) This story was very offensive to LGBT athletes, and sadly, life-threatening to their career. The fact that this had to be as drastic as life-threatening to an athlete a part of this specific community is downright discrimination. If this specific altercation had happened to someone of straight orientation, the result would not have been the same. August 14, 2016, “the International Olympic Committee weighed in, calling the whole escapade “simply unacceptable.” (thewashingtonpost.com)
“Being in this community is not easy though”, says a competitive Brazilian volleyball player. “As a child and teenager dealing with my sexuality, I saw no depictions of gay and proud athletes in the media.” Now that athletes are speaking out about the trend, it is likely that this will begin to spread fast and inspire other to be proud of who they are.
The problem with athletes being bashed for being themselves is unqualified for. These situations are protected by an anti-discrimination law. This law specifically states that “ IOC declared sexual orientation is protected as part of their Principle 6 charter statement: Any form of discrimination with regard to a country or a person on grounds of race, religion, politics, gender or otherwise is incompatible with belonging to the Olympic Movement.” (outsports.com) If there is a law passed out, then why are athletes still in this life threatening situation. They should be able to freely be themselves, get reported, and be respected by society.
Of course, although, as of 2016, athletes are showcasing their pride in who they are. As of right now, there are “44 lesbian or bi women, 11 gay men and no out transgender athletes.” (outsports.com) It is said with potential that this list will soon grow. More athletes are becoming much more proud in who they are, revealing their orientation. This occurring trend began when realized that there were 23 known LGBT athletes in the 2012 Summer Games. After competing in London, more people started to reveal their sexuality.
Tom Daley, 2016 Bronze medal prize winner for diving a synchronized 10m platform was noted to have a photo with his fiance, Dustin Lance Black after his win.
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Tom Bosworth is a Great Brazilian race walker who placed 6th in the 20k race walk. After this huge accomplishment, Tom proposed to his boyfriend on the sandy beach in Rio. The answer was YES, and after being loaded with excitement, Tom tweeted about it.
Even as the news went spiraling across the nation, it is noted that all of these athletes are only in Brazil, and none have spoke out in the United States. British Olympics will make a huge remark on the United States due to the fact most of these male athletes are not from the United States. (outsports.com) The breakthrough has the potential of changing the way people look at the LGBT community and will raise awareness on people being proud of being involved in this communities.
What’s wrong with being a lesbian, being gay, being bisexual, or being a transgender... Nothing. The fact that they were stammered on so much, and are finally starting to show a glimpse of being accepted is exhilarating to all those who represent this. If society continues to be friendly to those who are, this facade of humiliation and discrimination will eventually be put to a full stop, and in fact, fully accepted.