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After coming out, pitcher Solomon Bates’s sense of self-confidence is an example for all of us

While climbing the Minor League Baseball ladder, Bates developed a sense of belief in himself that shone through when he came out publicly as gay this week.

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Baseball played vital role for gay jock turned doc in his coming out

Before becoming a successful doctor on a TV show, Brad Schaeffer played baseball as he struggled with discovering his true self.

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This college runner won a 5K during his 1st trip to Provincetown as an out gay man 

Keegan Gleason won Provincetown’s inaugural "Feet over Front Street" 5K, and looks forward to many more.

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Minor League Baseball player Solomon Bates says he is gay, has been out to teammates since 2019

Bates had been in the San Francisco Giants Minor League system until he was released this week.

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More athletes are refusing to wear rainbow Pride uniforms. They miss the point of them

Anti-gay athletes in baseball, soccer and rugby have this summer missed the point of rainbow uniforms.

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Michael Sam says playing for the Barcelona Dragons has saved his life

Sam opens up about his comeback in a new ESPN feature story.

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Gay Jamaican swimmer Michael Gunning reveals online abuse from his home country

Thanks to the bullying he received after coming out, Gunning did not travel back to visit Jamaica for four years.

Out Australian rugby star won gold at the Commonwealth Games while wearing rainbow headgear

Sharni Williams started wearing Pride headgear at the 2020 Tokyo Games.

Brittney Griner found guilty of drug charges in Russian court, sentenced to 9 years

Griner faces the end of her career in Russian prison, now waits to see if a prisoner-trade deal can be found.

Leo Baker doc coming to Netflix, exploring his transition and Olympic decision

Last year Leo Baker had a choice: Continue his gender transition or compete in the Olympics.

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Ness Murby aims for Paris Paralympics 2024, a proud trans athlete

The transgender Canadian Paralympian says he is finally free to be himself and free to speak out.

At least 40 out athletes are competing at the Commonwealth Games

England leads the way for out athletes with at least nine. Two out athletes cannot marry in their home country.

Verity Smith pushes for more wins and inclusion for trans athletes in England

Smith leads the charge to keep trans youth playing. He competes for the leading team in UK wheelchair rugby.

Tom Daley uses Commonwealth Games to elevate LGBTQ activists and athletes

During the Opening Ceremony, Daley helped shine the spotlight on six LGBTQ figures from all over the Commonwealth.

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English rugby organizations ban trans women from female competition

Rugby Football Union and Rugby League put forth new policies regarding transgender women. Protesters showed up at the governing body’s headquarters prior to the vote.

This trans boxer is on a mission to make the sport that saved him more inclusive

Pharrell Shaymar wants boxing to open up to transgender people.

Carl Nassib hopes his new app connects volunteers to nonprofits

The NFL player unveils app as a way to connect people who want to volunteer and for nonprofits to find new donors.

Olympic swimmer Dan Jervis comes out weeks ahead of the Commonwealth Games

Dan Jervis chose to come out just a month before one of his biggest races of the year.

Russia says no deal has been reached to bring Brittney Griner home

U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said Wednesday the Biden administration had made a "substantial proposal" to free Griner.

7 players on Australia pro rugby team refuse to wear Pride jerseys

The Manly Sea Eagles’ attempt to support LGBTQ inclusion couldn’t be going worse.

LGBTQ pro wrestling promotion Uncanny Attractions returns with a new home and renewed purpose

Uncanny Attractions brings its mix of drag and dropkicks to Austin, Texas on Nov. 20, its first live event since Oct. 2019.

Record-setting college athlete says coming out as gay was the best thing he did for his career

Kade McCall has excelled at the hammer throw at Kansas State. Since coming out, he feels completely free.

Carl Nassib is confident there will be opportunities for him to play this season

On "Good Morning America," Nassib was optimistic about his NFL future.

AAGBPL pitcher Maybelle Blair reflects on coming out publicly at age 95

In addition advising the ‘A League of Their Own’ TV series, Blair recounts how the AAGBPL was the first place many gay and lesbian players were able to meet others like them.

Out wrestler Jake Atlas said alcohol abuse played key role in domestic violence arrest

Jake Atlas addressed his substance abuse, mental health struggles and said that his relationship with his partner ‘is not abusive in any way.’

Summer of love: LGBTQ people across sports tie the knot and get engaged

People across sports, and the Outsports community, are expressing their love this summer.

Tennis star Daria Kasatkina speaks out about being gay in Russia

Kasatkina continues to talk openly about her identity in an authoritarian country that’s hostile towards LGBTQ people.

Out goalie Anne Veenendaal helps Netherlands win third straight field hockey title

Dutch field hockey team cements status as the greatest in the sport, and a gay goalie plays a big part.

Out lesbian Yulimar Rojas wins another triple jump gold at world championships

Rojas, arguably the most dominant individual sport LGBTQ athlete in the world right now, easily won the gold medal in the triple jump on Monday.

Lia Thomas nominated for NCAA Woman of the Year, sparking praise and backlash

Lia Thomas is one of 577 nominees for the prestigious award.

Charles Barkley delivers a message to homophobes: ‘F-you!’

Barkley recently expressed his full-throated support for the LGBTQ community in colorful fashion.

Gay pro baseball player Bryan Ruby went to 6 Pride Nights this season. This is what he saw

As baseball evolves, Ruby sees first-hand why more LGBTQ visibility and advocacy are needed in his sport.

Brittney Griner is being mocked for her detention

People are dunking on an Olympic gold medalist who’s being held in Russia as a political prisoner.

As NFL training camps approach, where will Carl Nassib play?

NFL training camps start July 20-26. What team will land Carl Nassib?

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How gay beach volleyball player uses TikTok to build a community

Charlie Siragusa has found social media vital to building his brand but more importantly to find a community with other queer people from different walks of life.

Dale Scott’s Pride Night tour shows LGBTQ fans feeling more welcomed

The gay former umpire visited eight Pride Nights and saw how baseball teams are building a sense of community among their LGBTQ fans.

FIFA referee Igor Benevenuto comes out as gay months before the World Cup

Benevenuto is a video match official in Brazil.