When the Tokyo Paralympic Games get underway on Tuesday, it will have a record number of out LGBTQ athletes.
At least 28 publicly out Paralympians will compete in the summer games in Tokyo, more than double the number that took part in the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, according to Outsports.
The athletes on the list come from at least eight countries and are mostly women. The only man on the list oss Lee Pearson, an equestrian from Great Britain.
There are also at least three nonbinary or neutral athletes participating in the games, according to the site.
The Paralympic Games are set to begin just weeks after the Tokyo Summer Olympics wrapped up.
This story first appeared in the Morning Edition liveblog.
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