A record-breaking 121 out LGBTQ athletes are heading to Tokyo Summer Olympics

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That’s more than all the previous Summer Olympics combined.


When the rescheduled 2020 Olympics begins in Tokyo next week, a notable absence will be that of Sha’Carri Richardson who was controversially removed following a one-month ban because she tested positive for marijuana.


The internet was divided in terms of a reaction, with many feeing the ruling was too harsh for one of the most exciting track and field athletes to make it through to the competition. 


In more positive Olympics news today, according to figures released by Outsports, at least 121 publicly out gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer and nonbinary athletes are headed to Tokyo for the Summer Olympic Games, more than double the number who participated at the 2016 Rio Games.


From this list of athletes – which includes reserves – 30 of them are representing the United States and the women on the list outnumber men by about a 7-1 margin. 


To be featured on the list an athlete has to have come out publicly in the media, or they have to be clearly out on their public-facing social media.


Check out the full list at Outsports.