Twenty-eight-year-old Sam Kerr is an Australian professional soccer player. Kerr currently holds the record for being the all-time leading scorer in the United States and was only recently dethroned from the title in the Australian Women’s League.
Kerr represented Australia at the 2016 and 2020 Olympics. After a very public display of affection on the soccer pitch with fellow soccer player Kristie Mews, Kerr confirmed the two are officially a couple.
American basketball player Breanna Stewart helped her team win gold at the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics and in the same year was elected as the WNBA Rookie of the Year. She has continued to achieve recognition and has racked up multiple championship titles.
In May 2021, the athlete announced her engagement to her long-time girlfriend, Marta Xargay, in an Instagram post. The news was also posted on her basketball team’s official Twitter account.
Stefanie Dolson was a key member in her team’s scoring of gold in the women’s 3x3 basketball tournament at the Toky Summer Olympics. She revealed that it took her a while to figure out her attraction to women and only realized she was gay after becoming part of the Women’s National Basketball Association.
She has noted that not it’s unnecessary for any gay player to feel compelled to come out. It's a personal choice and it needs to be respected either way.
Thirty-four-year-old Edênia Garcia is a highly acclaimed swimmer from Brazil. She has scored two silvers and a bronze for her country in the Paralympics. For most of her life, Edênia knew she was gay but coming from a small town in the far reaches of northeastern Brazil she admits to having had difficulty embracing this.
She finally gathered the strength to publically come out at the Lima 2019 Parapan American Games during an interview.
Perris Benega is a twenty-six-year-old BMX rider from Raleigh, North Carolina. Perris made the cut and went on to represent America at the Tokyo Summer Olympics, placing fourth overall in the BMX freestyle event.
A few weeks before the Olympics, Perris wrote an emotional post on her private Instagram announcing her coming out. Perris mentioned that the thought of coming out gave her insomnia. She was worried about how this would affect her family. She ended up receiving incredible support.