In this episode, we are joined by Jon Lee-Olsen, a professional ice-hockey player who made headlines as the first openly out player in Europe and third in the world. We talk about his experience coming out nationally, managing relationships alongside a sports career, and his experiences as a transracial adoptee.
Jon (he/him) is Danish transracial adoptee from Korea who currently lives in Copenhagen Denmark. He was the first to come out as a gay man in professional ice-hockey in Europe and the third in the world. Now he is harnessing his story to help uplift LGBTQ+ and the Asian community.
In this episode we talk about:
- Experiences of being an Asian transracial adoptee growing up in a white community
- How he discovered hockey while coming to terms with his own sexuality
- His experience coming out on national television for the first time
- Combatting the fears of being the first openly out gay ice-hockey player in Europe
- How being open about his identity improved his hockey
- Lessons in relationships balancing a professional sports career
- LGBTQ+ organizations (list on Wikipedia)
- Jon Lee-Olsen comes out nationally (OutSports)
- You can find Jon Lee-Olsen next at Copenhagen world pride 2021, Eurogames 2021, Athlete ally, Sport leaders conference 2021 (CPH), and Human rights forum 2021 (CPH).
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