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What the record number of LGBTQ Olympic athletes in Beijing means around the world

Australia's Belle Brockhoff competes during the women's snowboard cross qualification round at the 2022 Winter Olympics, on Feb. 9, 2022, in Zhangjiakou, China. (Aaron Favila/AP)
Australia's Belle Brockhoff competes during the women's snowboard cross qualification round at the 2022 Winter Olympics, on Feb. 9, 2022, in Zhangjiakou, China. (Aaron Favila/AP)

A record number of at least 36 out LGBTQ athletes are competing in the Beijing Winter Olympics.

While their presence on the world stage may inspire acceptance in their home countries, it may not mean as much in China — where there are no discrimination protections for these communities.

We take a look at how the athletes are faring so far with Cyd Zeigler, co-founder of Outsports.

This article was originally published on WBUR.org.

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