News Brief: 48 Out LGBTI Olympians... But Representing Only 14 Nations
There are a record-breaking number of out LGBTI athletes competing in the 2016 Rio Olympics – at least 48, according to the most recent count by The Advocate.
This may seem like a small number compared to the 11,000 participants, but it is a significant jump from the 2012 London Olympics (23) and the 2008 Beijing Olympics (10). A breakdown of this year’s total, however, reveals significant disparities in both gender and country of orgin, which are indicative of an uneven pace in the global march of LGBTI rights.
In total, 14 of 206 nations have out athletes participating in the 2015 competition. The United States and the United Kingdom, with eight athletes each, tied for the greatest LGBTI representation at the Summer Games. The additional 12 nations are: the Netherlands (7), Brazil (6), Sweden (4), Canada (3), France (2), Germany (2), New Zealand (2), South Africa (2), Australia (1), Finland (1), India (1), and Tonga (1).