Canadian Biathlete Megan Bankes – “So Here Goes: I’m Gay”


The 23-year-old Canadian biathlete Megan Bankes made a clear statement admitting her alternative sexual orientation. The 23-year-old gold-winning sportsperson from Canada reported that she no longer wants to continue hiding what she is proud of.

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Hey Folks,  For a while I have been hiding a part of who I am, and I no longer want to use that physical and emotional energy to conceal something that I am proud of. So here goes: I’m gay. So why am I choosing to announce that I’m gay? What’s the big deal? Why come out on social media? Because I think representation across the board in sports, arts, politics, and every other area matters. I know that we don’t live in a society that both accepts and celebrates all marginalized communities… yet. My hope is that through continuing to acknowledge diversity as a benefit and not a detriment, everyone can choose to live as themselves, be treated with kindness, and recognize that every individual can make an impact. l have big dreams as a biathlete, and would like to do everything I can to be able to train and compete at my best. A necessary part of that is taking care of myself and living as authentically as possible. I don’t like to take up space, but I want to use the privilege that I have as a high performance athlete, development coach, and role model to do my part to show younger athletes that they can be whomever they are, or want to be, without discrimination. I owe a lot to all the folks (in particular the high performance athletes) that have come out before me, and I think it is important to recognize that they have all broken down some barriers and started conversations. Without these leaders, my decision to come out publicly and my journey thus far would have undoubtedly been more challenging. Finally, I would like to recognize all of the support I have received as I have started to invite people in to who I truly am. I have been given so much kindness and encouragement from my friends, family, teammates and staff within my community. It has really meant a lot to me to know that I am loved for who I am, so thank you folks! Photos: @davehollandpics & @emdickson23 #stillmegan #justmoremegan #calgarypride #lgbtqia2splus 🏳️‍🌈

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“So here goes: I’m gay” – she posted in her Instagram profile. Bankes also mentioned that she thinks LGBT representation in sports, art, politics and all other areas to matters a lot.

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Additionally, she expressed a hope that by continuing to recognize diversity as a boon and not a flaw, everyone will be able to decide how they want to live and to actually live like that, being treated with kindness and understanding that everyone’s life and comfort do matter. Bankes also thanked her team and family for their support.

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As a professional sportsperson, Bankes became a world champion among juniors and also won the IBU Cup.

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