This being Election Day, Outsports asked Twitter followers to cast their votes for their favorite stories of 2020 and their favorite pro athlete coming out stories of all time, in an unscientific poll. Admittedly, the responses were few, but decisive.
And the winners are.... Michael Sam, who came out in 2014...
It's #ElectionDay2020!— Outsports (@outsports) November 3, 2020
Vote for your favorite pro athlete #ComingOut stories:
* Dave Kopay comes out: Our #1 most important moment in #LGBTQsportshistory
* @FallonFox: 1st trans MMA fighter in 2013
* Ryan O'Callaghan comes out: #1 story of 2017
* @MichaelSam52 comes out in 2014
Sam’s coming out story led its closest competitor by 20-percent. That was the story of retired NFL offensive tackle Ryan O’Callaghan, which received almost a quarter of the almost 30 votes cast. O’Callaghan was followed closely by Fallon Fox, the first out transgender MMA fighter. and NFL trailblazer Dave Kopay received a little over 10-percent of the vote.
It's #ElectionDay2020! Vote for your favorite @outsports stories of 2020:— Outsports (@outsports) November 3, 2020
* @49ers Out Gay Coach @KatieSowers Makes History at the Super Bowl
* Out HS Football Player @jakebain17 and His Prom Date
* Zero Gay Slurs Reported in the #MLB in 2020
* Hockey player @bwesty_5 Comes Out
More than 66-percent of the almost-60 respondents chose Sowers, with the stories of out high school football player Jake Bain’s trip to his prom with his date Hunter Sigmund, the absence of gay slurs in MLB in 2020 and the coming out story of hockey player Brock Weston far behind.
We invite you to turn to outsports.com all this week as we revisit some of our favorite stories of 2020, and we will post more polls in the coming days and weeks as 2020 winds to a close.
Check out our archive of coming out stories.
If you are an out LGBTQ person in sports and want to tell your story, email Jim (firstname.lastname@example.org)
If you’re an LGBTQ person in sports looking to connect with others in the community, head over to GO! Space to meet and interact with other LGBTQ athletes, or to Equality Coaching Alliance to find other coaches, administrators and other non-athletes in sports.