Out LGBTQ athletes again outperformed their straight, cisgender counterparts on the world stage. This time it was the Commonwealth Games, where 69% of the 13 out athletes won medals.

South African middle-distance runner Caster Semenya was the lone multi-medal winner, racking up two gold medals in the women’s 800-meter and 1500-meter runs. Semenya has absolutely dominated the 800-meter on the world stage, winning two Olympic golds, three world championships in the last decade.

English diver Tom Daley was the only other out gold medalist, taking the men’s synchronized 10-meter platform event with diving partner Dan Goodfellow.

England led the way for Team LGBTQ with four athletes winning a medal.

At the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, 47% of the out LGBTQ athletes won a medal.


Tom Daley, England, Men’s Synchronized 10m Platform

Caster Semenya, South Africa, Women’s 800-meter

Caster Semenya, South Africa, Women’s 1500-meter


Shawn Barber, Canada, Men’s Pole Vault

Tom Bosworth, England, Men’s 20km Race Walk

Linda Villumsen, New Zealand, Women’s Individual Time Trial


Rachel Grinham, Australia, Women’s Double’s Squash

Kelly Sibley, England, Women’s Team Table Tennis

Susannah Townsend, England, Women’s Field Hockey

Sunette Viljoen, South Africa, Women’s Javelin Throw