Olympic archer Karen Hultzer comes out as gay at games

South African Olympic archer Hultzer has confirmed she is lesbian but won’t be hitting the target with a medal

Olympic archer Karen Hultzer comes out as gay at games
31 July 2012

South African Olympic archer Karen Hultzer has come out openly as lesbian during the games.

There had been speculation about Hultzer’s sexuality before London 2012 with her partner Tracey Kim Saunders telling Mambaonline that Hultzer is happy to be identified as a gay athlete.

But now 46-year-old Hultzer, born in Cape Town, has commented for the first time on her sexuality.

She told Outsports: ‘I am an archer, middle aged and a lesbian. I am also cranky before my first cup of coffee. None of these aspects define who I am, they are simply part of me.

‘I am fortunate that my sexual identity is not an issue, and I don’t suffer the level of discrimination and violence that black lesbians in South Africa do. I look forward to the day when this is a non-issue and as relevant as my eye color or favorite sushi.’

Hultzer is one of only a handful of openly LGBT Olympians competing this summer – and the only archer.

She is also only the second South African Summer Olympian to come out in history, following beach volleyballer Leigh-Ann Naidoo in 2004.

Sadly, she is no longer in the running for a medal either, having been knocked out of the individual competition on Monday (30 July).

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