August 22, 2016 at 12:11 pm EDT | by Michael K. Lavers
Nearly half of out LGBT Olympic athletes medal

Rio Olympics, gay news, Daily Beast, Washington Blade

The 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro ended on Aug. 21, 2016, with nearly half of the openly LGBT athletes who competed receiving medals.

Nearly half of the 53 openly LGBT athletes who competed in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro won medals.

Seimone Augustus, Elena Delle Donne, Brittney Griner and Angel McCoughtry were members of the U.S. women’s basketball team that won a gold medal on Saturday. Caster Semenya, a South African sprinter who has undergone controversial tests to determine her sex and her eligibility to compete because of high levels of testosterone, won a gold medal in the 800 meters on Saturday.

Lisa Dahlkvist, Nilla Fischer, Hedvig Lindahl and Caroline Seger were members of the Swedish soccer team that won a silver medal. British diver Tom Daley, who is engaged to Dustin Lance Black, won a bronze medal in the 10-meter synchronized event.

Outsports.com, an LGBT sports website, has published a list of all the out athletes who medaled in the Olympics.

The Olympics’ closing ceremony took place in Rio de Janeiro’s Maracanã Stadium on Sunday.

The games took place against the backdrop of rampant anti-LGBT violence in Brazil, President Dilma Rousseff’s impeachment, an economic crisis and concerns over Zika. The Daily Beast on Aug. 11 published an article — which it later retracted — that outed Olympic athletes, many of whom come from countries in which homosexuality remains criminalized.

Michael K. Lavers is the international news editor of the Washington Blade. Follow Michael

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