With Election Day 2018 upon us, LGBTQ athletes have not been shy about sharing their political perspectives in recent weeks and months. Their united message this week is pretty clear: Vote.
Early projections are that voter turnout for this non-Presidential election year could be at or near historic levels. Already early voting numbers for young people age 18 to 29 are way ahead of where they were four years ago, in some states already 400% of the early 2014 voter turnout.
These LGBTQ athletes have not been shy about sharing their encouragement of their followers to get out and vote on Tuesday. And many of them also haven’t been shy about sharing their perspectives of exactly who and what gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans and queer voters should be voting for.
WNBA star Sue Bird is, as we all knew, simply divine in this pro-vote election skit:
Loved This Day (Watch til the end. Then go vote) #GodBalls Thank you @ilyamerica ☺️ https://t.co/AZCL00I1p7— Sue Bird (@S10Bird) November 2, 2018
Skier Gus Kenworthy has a voting litmus test:
I'm not gonna say that if you vote then I'll have sex with you but if you don't then I can promise you that I won't.— Gus Kenworthy (@guskenworthy) November 5, 2018
WNBA star Layshia Clarendon:
Dressed up as the future for Halloween - the future is browner and gayer and guess what? We aren’t going anywhere! Please go out and vote Nov 6th so we DONT GO BACK! #HappyHalloween #VoteVoteVote pic.twitter.com/rSuczzHZ2p— Layshia Clarendon (@Layshiac) November 1, 2018
Figure skater Adam Rippon:
This is my #VotingSquad (with some international support from Antoni and Tan). JVN isn’t here but he’s probably already on his way to the polls. Build your squad and let’s get out and do this! @WhenWeAllVote pic.twitter.com/g8CSLDvu0J— Adam Rippon (@Adaripp) October 31, 2018
Soccer star Abby Wambach:
I’m with you!!! https://t.co/nMnbj5HTH2— Abby Wambach (@AbbyWambach) October 30, 2018
Tennis legend Billie Jean King:
Many women of color had to wait decades beyond the ratification of the 19th Amendment to vote. So many have fought and died for this inalienable right. Please vote tomorrow. The future of our country is on the ballot. #ElectionEve #VoteSaveAmerica https://t.co/LF0boKzciF— Billie Jean King (@BillieJeanKing) November 5, 2018
Former MLS player Robbie Rogers:
Let’s get out and vote!!! https://t.co/ABCI6OOL2j— Robbie Rogers (@robbierogers) November 3, 2018
Former NBA player John Amaechi:
Believing that your voice doesn't matter is an understandable state for many whose lives do not seem to feature in the minds of politicians.— John Amaechi OBE (@JohnAmaechi) November 2, 2018
However, believing that your voice doesn't matter is NOT a good reason to prove it by NOT voting.#VOTE https://t.co/rgVUONapZY