Today is National Coming Out Day, a day for gay, lesbian, bisexual, queer and transgender people to celebrate who they are, and sports are a big part of this event.
In the past year, dozens of athletes and coaches came out as LGBTQ, along with people from other areas of sport such as trainers, media or front office employees. They are from 31 sports, from ice dancing to ice hockey and football (American) to football (worldwide).
Below are some of the athletes and coaches who came out in sports since the last National Coming Out Day. Some of them were out for the first time while others have been out in some capacity but their sexual orientation just became widely known in the past year. Click on their name to read more about them.
Others in sports
Amy Werdine (Minnesota Vikings)
Justin Stevenson (athletic trainer)
Alex Valvo (hockey referee)
Ben Pereira (sports management)
Jason Pippi (St. Louis Blues)
Richie Anderson (English soccer)
Carley Knox (Minnesota Lynx VP)
Pascal Erlachner (Soccer referee)
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