Lesbian , gay , bisexual , and transgender LGBT athletes have competed in the Olympic and Paralympic Games , either openly, or having come out some time afterward. Cyd Zeigler, Jr. Marc Naimark of the Federation of Gay Games called the lack of openly gay athletes a symptom, not the problem, of the Olympic Games. In , after that year's Winter Olympics were held in Russia — a country that had recently banned the distribution of "propaganda of non-traditional sexual relationships" among minors, the IOC amended its host city contracts for the Winter Olympics to include an anti-discrimination provision based on Principle 6 of the Olympic Charter which itself includes sexual orientation. In the Summer Olympics in Beijing , only 15 athletes out of the 10, participants were openly gay, lesbian or bisexual, including:. Of them only two, including Matthew Mitcham who also won a gold medal, making him the first openly gay Olympic champion , were male.
This year, there are at least 41 openly gay or bisexual women in the World Cup in France this year. Some may be from homophobic countries like Cameroon and are concerned for their safety. Others may be concerned about sponsorship. She made her senior debut as part of the Argentina squad in just March this year. Kadeisha played college soccer at West Virginia University, where she co-captained the team, and won numerous awards. She then went onto three different smaller teams before ending up at Olympique Lyonnais. In response, she filed suit against the team. They see homosexuality as a danger. During her final year of University, she agreed to work as a barmaid in her local pub during the off-season.
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