As 2007 ends, we will be looking back at some people and stories that dominated the sports world and our coverage at Outsports this year.

Our six “Sportspeople of the Year” nominees represent athletes and nonatheltes, gay, straight and otherwise, who left a mark on Outsports.

VOTE for your choice here

John Amaechi
The first former NBA player to come out of the closet played all his cards right in 2007. His book hit the New York Times best-seller list, he was on every TV outlet from ESPN to Oprah, and his eloquent style made him a must-have for gay prides and other gay events.

Tom Brady
While taking aim at some all-time passing records, Brady has become a gay fave. This year he’s been photographed in a wet t-shirt, been on the cover of tons of magazines, been named the snappiest dresser in the world, had a kid with an actress, and is dating a supermodel. He is the NFL’s version of Beckham.

Anthony Castro
Sadly, it was only in his death that Castro’s story made it from Outsports to the Advocate to ESPN. The openly gay high school football player and quarterback in Banning, Calif., was a big part of Outsports’ Gay Games gold medal in football in 2006. And his story is helping young athletes find strength posthumously.
Christine Daniels
Transgender issues are far less tolerated and understood in our culture than even gay issues. So when L.A. Times sportswriter Mike Penner announced he was now Christine Daniels, it was inspiring to see fans and colleagues embrace the brave new her. She’s still at the Times, now with her own blog. And she looked fetching strewn across a couch in the Out 100.
Roger Federer
While he was again kept from his first French Open title, Federer continued his march to history with three Majors wins. Plus, he cut a PSA for HIV awareness at the end of 2007. The model of the classy athlete.
Out college athletes
While much of gay America waits for a gay Jackie Robinson, we are seeing lesser-known college athletes, from Georgia to St. Louis to Rutgers to Upstate New York to Santa Barbara to North Carolina, making a difference and changing the way coaches and straight athletes handle their gay teammates.
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