During the 2016 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, we chatted to some of Australia’s out women in sport about what it means to be open about your sexuality as an elite athlete.
By
Michelle Heyman, Danielle Warby

Source:
Zela
29 Feb 2016 - 3:00 PM  UPDATED 10 Aug 2016 - 6:02 PM

I have always been comfortable with who I am and didn't need to 'come out'.

But not everyone needs to come out. If they were to come out, I'm assuming, I think it has to do with people outside of the sporting world and what their perception or idea might be of them. Whether they'll be accepted or not and whether people will create a misperception of who they really are.

I was accepted. No one judged me or thought less of me. I feel like my comfortability with who I am has helped others feel confident and comfortable with who they are.

We need out gay sportswomen

I think it's important because we are role models and if we're openly gay then we can help other athletes and younger people be true to themselves. Sporting isn't about sexuality. It's about finding your way of expressing who you are and the love of the game.

The lesbian stereotype in sport

Every time you stereotype you have the danger of labelling unique individuals that may not necessarily "fit" into certain realities. I think the perception places undue pressure on these athletes, especially to the younger ones who may still be trying to figure out who they are and what they want to do.

The stereotype placed on gay women and men has created 'ideas' on what kinds of careers they can do. I think this has a lot to also do with the stereotype based on genders. To me, there should be equality and acceptance regardless of what gender you are and what sexual orientation you identify as.

How's this Olympics thing going then?

Scored a brace against Zimbabwe 

Not causing any trouble... really

She's going to be a total star no matter the result

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