Great to hear this. A brave step.
But where are all the gay male Olympians?
What fantastic role models they would be to LGBT youth, and what a tremendous job they would do of challenging homophobic stereotypes.
Young gay males growing up still lack positive gay role models in sport.
The gay women who are coming out are great role models. I hope that some gay male Olympians might follow their lead too. It will be a very brave step to face the media onslaught, and there will probably be some horrible Tweets. But it would be a tremendously positive and powerful thing to do: and news of it might also travel to those repressive regimes participating in the Olympics where homosexuality is still illegal, and can result in the death sentence.
Stonewall could award a special gold medal to every Olympian who comes out! ;)
If it were me, I’d win my medals and then come out. Really hoping this happens with just one British medallist following close of the Olympics.
Hope other athletes follow !
Great to see more athletes being willing to be open and out.
It is inspiring and acts as a great role model.
I am glad that Hultzer decided herself to come out and this was her being pressurized into revealing her orientation – there is something more warm about a personal choice to be open.
Hopefully, more athletes (male and female) will feel able to be out openly soon.
I met Hultzer at the archery competition at Lord’s last week and can add that she’s exceptionally cool, has a sense of humour and is a superb archer. She is brilliant.
The fact that she’s a lesbian, too, is merely a cherry on the cake.
Thanks for this article and your reporting. What you do is appreciated.
I posted it to my LGBT Group on LinkedIn to spur members to read your article and to make comment. I also scooped it at Scoop.It on my LGBT Times news mashup.
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Fantastic! Hope this may give some hope to lesbian and bisexual women living in South Africa.
as she correctly identifies but the rest of the article doesnt, it is her sexual identity NOT her sexuality, which is quite rightly none of anyone-else’s business!
I am also middle aged and lesbian and cranky before my first coffee in the morning.