Insurrection at the Capitol: How LGBTQ athletes and coaches reacted

Jan. 6, 2021 will likely be one of those days that, years from now, people will remember where they were, what they saw, and how they felt when a mob of domestic terrorists attacked the U.S. Capitol, live on television and the internet.

Wednesday afternoon, thousands of supporters of President Donald Trump marched to the seat of the American government at the president’s urging. Waving Trump flags and wearing MAGA hats, hundreds of them stormed inside the Capitol, some invading the Senate chamber and congressional offices, pushing and breaking their way into the historic building through violence and sheer overwhelming numbers. Four people died as a result of the clash, including a woman who was shot by Capitol Police. The others died from health emergencies arising from the insurgent attack.

Hours after the siege began, a combined force of National Guard troops, Metropolitan Police, FBI agents and Capitol Police moved in to repel the insurrectionists — using flashbang grenades for some, but mostly slowly leading many out and away from the Capitol, one officer even helping one rioter walk down the steps — to finally clear the building sometime after dusk.

According to Washington, D.C.’s mayor, a total of 52 people were arrested, all but 14 for violating a 6 p.m. curfew; Several of the 14 arrested were charged with assault, 4 others for possession of a gun and possession of a “large capacity ammunition feeding device.” That’s just 14 people out of thousands who disrupted the Constitutional count of electoral votes to confirm the election of President-elect Joe Biden.

Throughout the day and into the night, out LGBTQ athletes, coaches, journalists and other sports folks were among those sharing their thoughts on social media; some famous allies did, too. Below is a selection of some of those posts, tweets, retweets and commentary.

Straight ally Reggie Miller:

Conner Mertens also RT’d this:

Journalists (straight and LGBTQ) weighed-in, too:

And we leave you with this message from Esera Tuaolo:


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