Over 40 LGBTQ+ Athletes Compete 2022 Commonwealth Games

Over 40 LGBTQ+ Athletes Compete 2022 Commonwealth Games
Katherine Brunt, Nat Sciver and Amy Jones in Team England jackets with Progress Pride badges (image: @natsciver on Instagram)

The Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games have marked a significant increase in LGBTQ+ Athletes, with at least 40 openly LGBTQ+ athletes participating.

This is a substantial rise from the 13 athletes at the 2018 Gold Coast Games. This development reflects growing visibility and awareness in Commonwealth sports.

This increase is the result of research and efforts by Sports Media LGBT+ and historian Tony Scupham-Bilton, who have been documenting LGBTQ+ athletes. Their work includes the ‘Photos of Pride’ exhibition in Birmingham’s Gay Village, featuring over 50 past and present LGBTQ+ athletes.

Notably, the representation at Birmingham 2022 includes a diverse group: 35 women, four men, and one non-binary athlete. England, with the largest team, also has the most openly LGBTQ+ athletes, followed by Australia and New Zealand. Sports like cricket, athletics, and rugby sevens are well-represented among these athletes.

The opening ceremony of the Games, which included rainbow flags, highlighted this inclusivity. Sports Media LGBT+ encourages other LGBTQ+ athletes to join this representation and share their stories, contributing to a more inclusive sporting environment.

The article also lists individual openly LGBTQ+ athletes participating in the Commonwealth Games, across various sports and nations. It emphasises the ongoing efforts of Sports Media LGBT+ and Pride House Birmingham in connecting with and celebrating LGBTQ+ athletes.

Pride House Birmingham

Is a hub for LGBTQ+ inclusion and diversity, and a central part of the Commonwealth Games, offering a space for celebration and connection. It is located in Birmingham’s Gay Village and will remain active throughout the Commonwealth Games.

Sports Media LGBT+ continues to advocate for LGBTQ+ inclusion in sports, offering a platform for stories and news, and partnering with Pride House Birmingham to enhance visibility and support for LGBTQ+ individuals in the sporting community.

References to Wikipedia or other additional information sources about our proud and out LGBTQ+ athletes.

Michelle-Lee Ahye (athletics, Trinidad & Tobago)

Olivia Apps (rugby sevens, Canada)

Tom Bosworth (athletics, England)

Kelly Brazier (rugby sevens, New Zealand)

Ashleigh Brazill (netball, Australia)

Katherine Brunt (cricket, England)

Dutee Chand (athletics, India)

Hannah Cozens (hockey, Wales)

Stacey Francis-Bayman (netball, England)

Kirsty Gilmour (badminton, Scotland)

Maddy Green (cricket, New Zealand)

Rachael Grinham (squash, Australia)

Jude Hamer (wheelchair basketball 3×3, Scotland)

Rachael Haynes (cricket, Australia)

Hayley Jensen (cricket, New Zealand)

Dan Jervis (swimming, Wales)

Jess Jonassen (cricket, Australia)

Amy Jones (cricket, England)

Megan Jones (rugby sevens, England)

Osian Jones (athletics, Wales)

Sarah Jones (hockey, Wales)

Robyn Lambird (para athletics, Australia)

Robyn Love (wheelchair basketball 3×3, Scotland)

Grace O’Hanlon (hockey, New Zealand)

Sarah-Jane Perry (squash, England)

Natalie Powell (Judo, Wales)

Celia Quansah (rugby sevens, England)

Glen Quayle (athletics, Isle of Man)

Megan Schutt (cricket, Australia)

Nat Sciver (cricket, England)

Lynsey Speirs (wheelchair basketball 3×3, Scotland)

Samantha Stewart (wrestling, Canada)

Lea Tahuhu (cricket, New Zealand)

Ciara Torrance (badminton, Scotland)

Delmi Tucker (cricket, South Africa)

Lorraine Ugen (athletics, England)

Michaela Walsh (boxing, Northern Ireland)

Leah Wilkinson (hockey, Wales)

Sharni Williams (rugby sevens, Australia)

Portia Woodman (rugby sevens, New Zealand)

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