Raz is an Israeli Olympic bronze medallist and openly lesbian judoka. Hershko has the rather endearing nickname to epitomize her judo abilities: “Hershkules”.
She displays her relationship with her girlfriend on her social media accounts. The multi-medallist participated in some of the most prominent judo events in the world having captured bronze, silver, and gold medals in Canada, Europe, Turkey, and the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics.
Italian swimmer Rachele Bruni holds a special place in the LGBTQ+ community as being recognized as the first gay Italian athlete to come out. Bruni, twenty-five at the time, bagged a silver at the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics. Bruni’s public admission has helped steer inclusivity in Italy.
She admits that she never experienced any anxiety or need to keep her sexuality a secret and everyone close to her knew she was gay.
Harvey is an out British Paralympian with discipline in sitting volleyball and track and field. Better known for her sitting volleyball career, Harvey and the Great Britain Women’s National Sitting Volleyball Team took part in the fiercely competitive London 2012 Summer Olympics.
Having a home-ground advantage did not help though as the team sadly placed last overall. Harvey now has the position of Leader for Inclusive Leadership at KPMG, she also oversees the United Kingdom’s LGBTQ+ Sports Charter Steering Group.
Julie Chu is an American ice hockey player from Connecticut. Chu is a prominent Olympian, having competed in no less than four Olympic tournaments. Her sporting skill and athletic ability have afforded her a few records and titles. She has earned her the place of being the second most honored American woman in Olympic Winter Games history.
An out lesbian, Chu is married to a fellow hockey player and gold medallist Caroline Ouellet. They have a four-year-old daughter, Liv.
Bowe, known as a speed queen for her speed skating prowess, is an out LGBTQ+ athlete from the United States. Brittany competed in the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics but failed to make an impression. She does hold a few world records, however.
Bowe has stated she is LGBTQ+ but has not made it clear where on the spectrum. She has opened up and spoken about her relationship with a woman.