The Rainbow Road to Tokyo

Short-form series profiling the record number of out-LGBT athletes due to take part in the (rescheduled) 2020 Olympics. Celebrating achievements, and inspiring LGBT listeners.

20x 4min, by Made In Manchester, first aired July 2021

At the next Olympic Games, there will be a record number of out-LGBT competitors. But barriers to lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans participation in sport is a continuing problem. Prejudice remains rife all over the world, including in the U.K.

In celebrating the achievements of those who have beaten the stigma to get to the greatest sporting show on earth, these short profile programmes should encourage other LGBT people to realise what can be achieved.

The series will include stories from Britain and all over the world, as listeners meet people who’ve sacrificed a lot to get to the Games at the same time as struggling to cope with other personal issues in their lives around coming out, acceptance, prejudice and stigma.

The short programmes – which would pepper Gaydio programming in the run up to the Games – will end with each of the athletes introducing a favourite music track which has inspired their journey.

Stephanie Labbé, Canadian Olympic Footballer
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Made In Manchester