This Year’s First Out Olympian Takes Home Medal
August 2, 2012 by Maureen McCarty, HRC Associate Director of Digital Media
German cyclist Judith Arndt took home silver in the Women’s Cycling Time Trials, becoming this year’s first open LGBT Olympian to take home a medal.
There are at least 14 openly LGBT Olympians competing this year, including U.S. women’s soccer star Megan Rapinoe, WNBA champion Seimone Augustus and top-ranked doubles tennis player Lisa Raymond.
While we extend our congratulations to Arndt, we must also reflect on what this year's victory means for the LGBT community.
LGBT Olympians are teammates and competitors first and foremost, but they are also highly visible role models who send a powerful message to LGBT youth and all who watch the games that LGBT people can compete and inspire just like anyone else.
We’re looking forward to watching all of the Olympians go for the gold in this year’s games.
Who are you most excited to watch? Let us know in the comments below.