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Towleroad's list of 53 powerful coming outs includes almost a dozen from sports

While big names like Jason Collins and Brittney Griner are there, Towleroad also highlights stories from high school and college sports

Belle Brockhoff come out publicly shortly after Russia passed new anti-gay laws
Belle Brockhoff come out publicly shortly after Russia passed new anti-gay laws
Ryan Pierse

The popular blog Towleroad, which proudly displays "homosexual tendencies," today released its list of the 53 most powerful coming outs of 2013, and sports are very well-represented. Towleroad's 2012 list contained six from the sports world, while their 2013 installment includes 11 folks, plus a couple others who are tangential to sports.

A full 21% of the list is from sports -- that's a pretty powerful statement about what kind of year this was for LGBT folks in the sports world.

There was also Magic Johnson's son, Earvin Johnson III, and the man who helped engineer the Manti Te'o girlfrind hoax, Ronaiah Tuiasosopo.

There would certainly be others we'd add to the list, but it's hard to argue with any of the folks -- in our out of sports -- Towleroad included. It's the tough part about these lists: No matter how long the list is, someone is getting left off. Some of the folks we'd add would include college kicker Alan Gendreau, soccer player Abby Wambach, high school basketball coach Anthony Nicodemo and trans high school coach Stephen Alexander.