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13 out LGBT athletes compete in Commonwealth Games

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The multisport event takes place in Australia starting Wednesday.

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Diver Tom Daley of England.
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Editor’s Note: Our list originally had 14 athletes, but Canadian rugger Jen Kish pulled out with an injury just before the games.

The quadrennial Commonwealth Games start Wednesday along Australia’s Gold Coast and 13 openly LGBT athletes are among the 6,000 athletes competing from 71 nations.

The Games, which feature countries from the former British Empire, have 24 sports, including for the first time beach volleyball, para triathlon and women’s rugby sevens. Niche sports such as lawn bowling and netball are also on the list.

LGBT Olympic historian Tony Scupham-Bilton helped put together the list of out athletes at the Commonwealth Games, which includes Olympians such as Tom Daley, Tom Bosworth and Caster Semenya, as well as transgender weightlifter Laurel Hubbard of New Zealand.

Here are the out LGBT athletes competing at the Commonwealth Games. If we have missed anyone, please write us at outsports@gmail.com.

Shawn Barber (Canada, pole vault)

Tom Bosworth (England, race walk)

Dirkie Chamberlain (South Africa, hockey)

Tom Daley (England, diving)

Jenny Duncalf (England, squash)

Rachael Grinham (Australia, squash)

Laurel Hubbard (New Zealand, weightlifting)

Cara Lea Moseley (Wales, netball)

Caster Semenya (South Africa, track athletics)

Kelly Sibley (England, table tennis)

Susannah Townsend (England, hockey)

Sunette Viljoen (South Africa, javelin)

Linda Villumsen (New Zealand, cycling)