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Listen to the stories of some of the LGBTQIA+ Olympian and Paralympian athletes taking part in the Tokyo 2021 Games...

At the next Olympic Games, there will be a record number of out-LGBT competitors - but barriers to lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans participation in sport continues to be hard to shake off. Prejudice remains rife all over the world, including in the U.K.

In celebrating the achievements of those who have beaten the stigma to get to the greatest sporting show on earth, we're bringing you the stories from some of the Tokyo games' LGBTQIA+ athletes, in their own words.

These features are produced by MIM with support from The Audio Content Fund


Georgia Simmerling

georgia simmerling

Laurie Williams

Laurie Williams Image Credit: CC BY-SA 4.0 Hawkeye

Celia Quansah


Hannah Wilkinson

hannah wilkinson

Chelsea Wolfe


Julian Vernonsky

julian_vernonsky Image Credit: UKRowing

Tom Bosworth


Stephanie Labbé

stephanie Image Credit: Canada Soccer

Aoife Cooke

aoife Image Credit: John Starrett

Robyn Love

robyn Image Credit: Eurosport

Sanne Van Dijke

sanne Image Credit: Aniek Verschuur Fotografie - Zeth

Kayla Miracle


Markus Thormeyer

markus Image Credit: Scott Grant, Swimming Canada

Moran Samuel

moran samuel Image Credit: Detlev Syeb, Daniel Rowing Centre

Natalie Powell

natalie powell

Ria Percival

ria Image Credit: FIFA

Jude Hamer

jude Image Credit: British Wheelchair Basketball

Megan Jones


Lauren Rowles

lauren Image Credit: British Rowing


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