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At least 25% of the players in the WNBA Playoffs are LGBTQ and out

Half of the top-seed Connecticut Sun roster is out LGBTQ athletes, and they have an out coach.

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DeWanna Bonner (24), Jonquel Jones and the Connecticut Sun are the top seed in the WNBA Playoffs and have the most publicly out LGBTQ players that Outsports has identified.
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At least 24 players in the 2021 WNBA Playoffs are publicly out as LGBTQ, representing 25% of the athletes competing in the postseason.

That’s more than all of the publicly out active athletes currently in all of men’s professional sports around the world combined. By a lot.

Interestingly, the top seed in the Playoffs — the Connecticut Sun — also have the most publicly out LGBTQ players, at least half of the team.

The Dallas Wings is the only team with zero out players that we know of.

Here are the out LGBTQ athletes we know will compete for the 2021 WNBA title:

1) Connecticut Sun

DeWanna Bonner
Natisha Hiedeman
Briann January
Jonquel Jones
Alyssa Thomas
Jasmine Thomas

2) Las Vegas Aces

Chelsea Gray
Angel McCoughtry
Destiny Slocum
Riquna Williams

3) Minnesota Lynx

Layshia Clarendon
Crystal Dangerfield
Aerial Powers

4) Seattle Storm

Sue Bird
Jordin Canada
Jewel Lloyd
Breanna Stewart

5) Phoenix Mercury

Brittney Griner
Diana Taurasi

6) Chicago Sky

Stefanie Dolson
Allie Quigley
Courtney Vandersloot

7) Dallas Wings

None

8) New York Liberty

Natasha Howard
Sami Whitcomb

In addition to all of the out players, there are other people around these teams who are out.

Connecticut Sun coach Curt Miller is the only publicly out male head coach of a major pro sports team in North America that Outsports knows of. The Minnesota Lynx are coached by Cheryl Reeve whose wife, Carley Knox, is a vice-president with the team. In addition, Lisa Feigenbaum recently moved from the Sacramento Kings to the Dallas Wings.

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