This week read about Robyn Lambird winning a medal at the Paralympics, Yungblud coming out as pansexual, and an Olympic rower coming out after winning a silver medal.
Queer Athlete Robyn Lambird Wins Medal at the Paralympics
Robyn Lambird, a non-binary wheelchair racer, placed third in the women’s 100m T34 final. Lambird is from Western Australia and is one of three non-binary athletes competing in the Paralympics.
“I just want to show all the kids out there — with disabilities or not — if you have a dream, chase it. There’s always a way, and you can find that way.”
This is Lambird’s first game and they’ve dreamed of this moment for almost 10 years.
“To be here and to win a medal among the best in the world … it’s awesome.” Lambird is looking to now boost visibility for people with disabilities in the media and challenge society’s perceptions of sexuality.
“We have to be visible, we have to be seen. That way the community has to care and know that we’re a part of society,” said Lambird.
Pop-Punk Singer Comes Out as Pansexual
Yungblud. Photo via Facebook.
Pop-punk singer Yungblud opened up about being pansexual in hopes of encouraging those who are having a hard time labeling their sexuality.
In an interview with Hunger magazine, the 24-year-old goes in-depth on his struggle with labels. The artist first spoke out about his sexuality in December 2020 but is now discussing the process of finding himself.
“‘I’m pan, you know what I’m saying?’ It doesn’t matter what genitalia you’ve got or what you identify as, if I love you, I love you and that’s it, and that’s [something] I’ve struggled with my whole life, because I didn’t know what I was,” he said.
He continued by saying that he learned about pansexuality from magazines and the internet and said, “It’s so beautiful that sexuality has really come to the forefront of my generation’s mind, that you can be beautifully yourself.”
Olympic Rower Comes Out After Winning Silver
Katarzyna Zillmann. Photo via Facebook.
Katarzyna Zillmann, a rower competing for Team Poland, came out following her team’s win by thanking her girlfriend during their victory speech.
Afterward, reporters asked Zillmann about that moment and she said that she’d actually been out for a while and had even told the press before, but it was never published.
“The conversations with you after the medal race were not groundbreaking for me,” she said. “I’ve already talked about it in interviews before, but for some reason, it wasn’t published.”
Zillmann plans to use this newfound platform of being an Olympic silver medalist to benefit the LGBT community.
“I know that in this way I will help others,” she said. “It was enough that I showed up in a T-shirt with the words ‘Sport against homophobia’ and I got a few messages from young girls practicing rowing. One of them opened up to me, described her difficult home situation to me, and confessed that I helped her a lot with my attitude. One such message is enough to completely forget about thousands of hate comments and disgusted faces.”
Each week ‘Beyond the G’ looks at news featuring the many letters of our LGBTQIA+ spectrum.