Boxer Nesthy Petecio Tearfully Dedicates Olympic Medal to LGBTQ Community

by Emell Adolphus

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Wednesday August 4, 2021

Nesthy Petecio
Nesthy Petecio  (Source:Associated Press)

Out boxer Nesthy Petecio of the Philippines is a winner and a proud member of the LGBTQ community. On Tuesday, the women's featherweight boxer won a silver Olympic medal and tearfully chose to share the moment with her community, as reported by NBC News.

"This win is for the LGBTQ community. Let's go, fight!" she said, according to a translation from ESPN, NBC reports.

Petecio is reportedly the first woman from the Philippines to win a boxing medal and the first Filipino boxer to win a medal at the Olympics in nearly 25 years.

Petecio's teammate and fellow out boxer Irish Magno became the first Filipino women to compete in boxing at the Olympics, and Magno was the first Filipino woman to qualify for the Games, according to Quartz.

"Boxing is one of the most popular sports in the Philippines alongside basketball, The Los Angeles Times reported. Half of the 12 Olympic medals the country has ever won have come in boxing, and it's expected to win two more in boxing before the Tokyo Games end," NBC reports.

Petecio says that fellow Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao has been her greatest inspiration.

"I compare my life to his," she said, according to a translation from the Olympic Channel. "We both came from hardships, we both started from nothing. We couldn't eat without debt."

She continued, "He really is my idol." she told the Olympic Channel.

Now Petecio is building a boxing legacy of her own to be idolized and she is already looking forward to the 2024 Summer Olympic Games in Paris.

"We're still chasing the gold," she said, according to Outsports. "We're not done."