LGBT history will be made at the Rio Olympics when the first married lesbian couple will compete in the games. This is the fourth time British field hockey players Kate Richardson-Walsh & Helen Richardson-Walsh will be competing in the Olympics but the first time they will be competing as a married couple. The couple made history in 2012 in London when they won Great Britain’s first Olympic field hockey medal in two decades & they’re going for the gold in Rio. They married in 2013 in Oxfordshire, UK combining their last names & invited the entire team to celebrate. Helen was left out of the field hockey World Cup in 2014 because of an injury & Kate said that she had to take her “captain’s hat off” & support her wife stating “We’re a couple, we love each other & we happen to be playing in the same team. I think because our teammates & our friends & family have all been so supportive & understanding of that we also don’t see anything strange or different.” This year’s Summer Olympics will feature a record number of 44 openly out LGBT athletes estimated by Outsports magazine nearly twice the number that participated at the London 2012 Olympics. So this year’s Olympics in Rio is definitely important for our LGBT community to watch & support & take pride in.
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