At every event we’ve hosted going back to the 2014 Nike LGBT Sports Summit, one of the recurring themes we’ve heard is the importance of athletes, coaches and other people in sports coming out publicly. Those shared stories have been a beacon of hope for many of the LGBT athletes and coaches who attended the Summit. Some young athletes even said those shared stories saved their lives.

No one should come out publicly until they're ready to do it. Coming out always has to be done in your own time. It always takes courage, because fear (particularly of the unknown) is always at play when anyone comes out. But if you think you might be ready to take the leap, there are millions of young people and adults you can help simply by sharing who you are.

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