To celebrate, here are a few of the fantastic folks we’re rooting for 🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍⚧️

BY CAITLIN CHATTERTON, IMAGES OF LAUREN ROWLES MBE, EDENIA GARCIA AND ROBYN LAMBIRD VIA INSTAGRAM

At least 32 openly LGBTQ+ Paralympians are competing at Tokyo this year, more than twice the number in Rio. Such a huge increase in representation is incredible to see, so here are some faces to look out for!

Crystal Lane-Wright: Cycling, GB

This is Crystal’s third Paralympics, after taking home a bronze and silver medal in 2016.

Asya Miller: Goalball, USA

Asya has already represented the USA at five Paralympics, winning four medals. Her wife Jen plays Goalball too!

Lauren Rowles MBE: Rowing, GB

After bringing home a gold medal from Rio in 2016, Lauren was named in this year’s Pride Power List.

Edênia Garcia: Swimming, Brazil

The three-time Paralympic medalist has said that being open about her sexuality “reinforced to me the power of representation”.

Robyn Lambird: 100m, Australia

When they aren’t training for the Paralympics, Robyn models for brands including Tommy Hilfiger!

Hailey Danz: Triathlon, USA

Hailey brought home a silver medal from Rio in 2016.

Lucy Shuker: Wheelchair Tennis, GB

Lucy is currently the highest ranked woman in this sport in Britain! This is her fourth Paralympics, having already won two medals.

Almost 40% of the openly LGBTQ+ athletes are from women’s basketball, so if you’re looking for a new sport to get invested in this could be the one!

Babsi Gross: Wheelchair Basketball, Germany

Babsi won a silver medal at the Rio games in 2016.

Bo Kramer: Wheelchair Basketball, Netherlands

Bo was one of the Netherlands’ youngest players in 2016, where they won a bronze medal.

Robyn Love: Wheelchair Basketball, GB

This is the second Paralympics for Robyn, who first started out at Edinburgh Napier University.

Laurie Williams: Wheelchair Basketball, GB

This is Laurie’s third Paralympic Games, having achieved a historic fourth place in Rio in 2016.

Cindy Oullet: Wheelchair Basketball, Canada

Cindy made her Paralympic debut at the 2008 Beijing games, and also competed in Nordic skiing at the Pyeongchang winter games in 2018.

For a complete list of athletes, visit OutSports.com

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