For National Coming Out Day, we want to celebrate those out athletes and coaches who have inspired others to be their true selves simply by being out and proud.

Outsports’ tagline is “Courage Is Contagious,” and it’s something we have seen across sports in our almost two decades of writing about gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans and queer people in sports. Everyone seems to have a story that helped them accept themselves and gave them the courage to share their story.

It’s the domino effect, one story leading to another.

On National Coming Out Day, Oct. 11, we are highlighting those who have come before us and inspire us. Tweet at us with #CourageIsContagious for National Coming Out Day, and we’ll share the names and stories of the out athletes and coaches who inspired you.

Many people who have come out on Outsports have shared their inspirations for coming out:

Some athletes have also weighed in on social media this week with their inspirations for coming out:

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