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Record number of LGBT athletes in Rio 2016

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>> The 2016 Rio Olympics are being called the gayest Olympics ever, with the largest number of gay and lesbian athletes competing here in Rio this year. I'm Kurt Hall, Latin American news producer with Reuters. Well, it really started before the games began, and even dating back to Tom Daley, the British diver, who came out years ago.
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And he's grown a big following with a lot of gay and lesbian people supporting him and people in general supporting him as a diver. But it continued and there was just windfall with a Brazilian woman rugby player here accepting a marriage proposal from her girlfriend during a medal ceremony.
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And there's been other athletes just coming out, some coming out during the games, and others coming out before the games. Gays and lesbians have just been openly accepted here by most athletes and delegations. And on Sunday, there was a mermaid party thrown by the Danish pavilion. Where they invited LGBT people to come out to express their love and themselves as humans in this mermaid festival.
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Where people came out and they dressed up like mermaids and they had a competition, a costume competition for the best mermaid. And it was a way for the Danish delegation to show their support to the gay community here in Rio. A lot of LGBT people here are saying having this positive vibe about their community is a benefit.
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Because right now there's a little bit of backlash here in Brazil with the courts basically accepting gay marriage, but some people in Congress trying to push against that. So it's an important thing for the community here to show this positive outlook, this positive image of gays and lesbians in sport and as a positive light on television and in the media.