Nicola Adams is a highly influential figure of the LGBT+ community, who made her fame as an iconic female boxer. The first female and openly LGBT+ boxer to win at the Olympics, Nicola has continually pioneered her sport as an inspirational role model. Most recently, Nicola has made headlines in the first same-sex couple on the show Strictly Come Dancing, tackling stereotypes and increasing visibility. Openly gay, Nicola now shares her experiences as an LGBT+ speaker for events, and often touches on the homophobic abuse she has received being in the public eye.
Back in 2001, Nicola made history as the first female boxer to represent England and later became the English Amateur Champion in 2003. From that point on, Nicola excelled in her sport and went on to compete at the 2012 London Olympic Games where she claimed the first Olympic Gold boxing medal as a woman. Fast forward to the 2016 Rio Olympics and Nicola claimed her second Olympic Gold, defeating rival Michaela Walsh in the process. Her successes as an Olympian helped to raise awareness of the LGBT+ community, becoming the first openly gay boxer to win at the Olympics.
Becoming an icon of the LGBT+ community, Nicola is currently in an inter-racial and same-sex relationship, unfortunately resulting in being a victim of both racism and homophobia. However, Nicola is determined to combat such horrific abuse and continues to raise awareness as a proud lesbian woman. Nicola has also been recognised as the Most Influential LGBT Person in Britain by The Independent and named as one of the UK’s Most Eminent Lesbian and Bisexual Women on the DIVA Powerlist.
Now a popular choice as an LGBT+ speaker for events, Nicola proudly promotes acceptance and support for the LGBT+ community. Having battled homophobia, Nicola is passionate to see that same-sex couples continue to be normalised and stood brave in the face of complaints from Ofcom when she appeared in the same-sex couple on Strictly Come Dancing.
Nicola Adams is regularly booked to engage audiences at events, read their latest feedback below:
“Fantastic! Nicola was open, honest and inspiring. It went amazingly well, and we can’t wait to have her back.”