Lesbian Rugby Player Gets Engaged On The Rio Olympic Field


Rio Proposal - Isadora Cerullo Twitter Photo

An on-field marriage proposal between Team Brazil rugby player Isadora Cerullo and her partner has made the Internet swoon.

Marjorie Enya, who is reportedly a volunteer manager at the Deodoro Stadium in Rio, proposed to Isadora on the pitch at the venue after a women’s rugby match.

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Marjorie grabbed a microphone and delivered an emotional speech before the couple embraced to applause from bystanders.

“As soon as I knew she was in the squad I thought I have to make this special,” Enya told the BBC.

“I know rugby people are amazing and they would embrace it. She is the love of my life.

“I wanted to show people that love wins.”

The beautiful moment follows another gay kiss that was caught on camera during the Olympic torch relay at the start of the Rio Olympics last weekend.

A photograph of the kiss was posted to Twitter by journalist and photographer Pedro Veríssimo as the men took the torch through the city of Ipanema.

Forty-seven openly LGBTI athletes are competing at the Rio Olympic Games which is a new record, according to Outsports.

But despite its reputation as a progressive destination, Brazil is in the midst of a gay hate crimewave. Nearly 1600 gay and transgender people have been murdered over the past four years, according to LGBTI activist group Grupo Gay da Bahia.

Amnesty International Brazil spokesperson Jandira Queiroz told the New York Times last month: “We live off this image as an open and tolerant place [but] homophobic violence has hit crisis levels, and it’s getting worse.”

(Photo via Twitter)