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Gay former MIT swimmer reflects on the closet

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Jonathan Goler swam at MIT a decade ago. He was accepted by his team then and encourages LGBT athletes not to quit sports for fear of coming out.

Lesbian couple: Univ. of Richmond discriminated

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Former Univ. of Richmond basketball players Leah Johnson and Miah Register allege they were the victims of homophobia and racism while they were at the school. Their new organization aims to bring...

Texas Lutheran Univ. tennis player is gay

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Ryan Beene grew up in a small Texas town where he took to cutting himself before opening up with family, friends and teammates about being gay.

NCAA hosts LGBT panel discussion for Pride

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The NCAA hosted an LGBT panel discussion with gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender former athletes for Pride month.

SEC gives award to Missouri football

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The way the team handled and embraced Michael Sam's coming out as gay last season earned the Missouri Tigers football team respect from SEC athletic directors.

College World Series umpire Van Raaphorst is gay

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Bill Van Raaphorst has been openly gay in collegiate baseball umpiring for years.

Tell your coming out story on Outsports

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You can change the lives of LGBT athletes simply by telling your story. If you're an LGBT athlete, coach or sports administrator, and you're ready to share, we'd love for you to tell your story on...

Shawn DeVault: Genderqueer in wheelchair b'ball

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Shawn DeVault came out as gay, then realized he was genderqueer, all while navigating the sport of wheelchair basketball.

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Michael Sam and Mizzou football: You can play

Michael Sam and coach Gary Pinkel express support for gay Missouri Tigers.

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Notre Dame welcomes gays with You Can Play video

Gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender athletes and coaches get a warm welcome from Notre Dame in this LGBT-friendly You Can Play video featuring athletes and coaches from across the Catholic campus.

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Barry Alvarez & Wisconsin: 'You Can Play'

Administrators, coaches and athletes in Madison gather to send a message of support for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people in sports.

Gay asst. AD Drew Martin finds acceptance at TCU

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Drew Martin and his fiancee are both Mississippi State alums. The gay couple met and became engaged at Mississippi State football games. Now working for TCU, Martin finds himself accepted by the...

Austin Parrish is gay college swimmer

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Gay swimmer Austin Parrish struggled coming out to his parents. Bridges are still being built.

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'From The Bench' epis. 1: Is the NCAA a plantation

New online video conversation 'From The Bench' kicks off with a conversation about paying college athletes an whether the analogy between the NCAA and a plantation of slaves is fair.

Swimmers' crush on Zac Efron a sign he was gay

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Nick Jessee has been out since he was a high school freshman and there was never any looking back. The freshman swimmer at St. Louis University wins respect and accolades from his team.

Erskine College volleyball gets NCAA berth

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Erskine College, with gay players Drew Davis and Juan Varona, will play for the national championship in Chicago in two weeks.

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UW-Superior athletics welcome LGBT athletes

Athletic director Steve Nelson is joined by athletes from various sports in sending message of support for gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans athletes and coaches.

Arizona swimmer finds freedom after coming out

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"I realize that now that I don’t have weight on my shoulders to keep my head down," Lauren Elizabeth Neidigh writes. After she comes out, she finds an inner peace that was lacking.

Michael Sam proves himself at Missouri's Pro Day

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Michael Sam pulled up at the end of his first 40-yard dash, only to work through the hamstring tightness and finish off the day strong. He improved in every category.

Rural S.C. college has two out gay v'ball players

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Erskine College volleyball players Drew Davis, who struggled reconciling being gay with the Southern Baptist Church, and Juan Varona, who was out in high school in Puerto Rico, are embraced by...

'Mom, I'm gay.' U of Virginia swimmer comes out

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Parker Camp swims for the University of Virginia. Coming out to his teammates was easy compared to his religious mother. He wrote his mom a beautiful coming out letter. The result was unconditional...

A life worth living: Near death and back again

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Gay Notre Dame varsity tennis player Matt Dooley attempted suicide in 2011. He came out to his team exactly two years later, and their acceptance helped save his life.

College catcher Matt Kaplon comes out as gay

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Applause and respect greeted Kaplon who found the strength to come out after reading the stories of other gay athletes.

Gay college runner accepted by team, fraternity

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Korten remembers one night when he punched himself repeatedly in the stomach, desperately struggling with his sexuality and the Bible.

College swimmer out on his team

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Friestad grew up in Plano, Texas, and was fully supported by his high school team. He had to come out again at Div. 1 New Jersey Institute of Technology, and he was embraced.

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