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Pro disc golfer Thomas Gilbert comes out as gay

The top Canadian player, Gilbert said it’s an important step for his sport.

Despite acceptance Candace Parker is coming out just now, helping understand why some athletes stay in the closet

Parker is revealing her two-year marriage to her wife. She’s seen widespread WNBA acceptance for years.

College baseball player comes out, hopes he can help others accept themselves

Brian Zapp is a D1 baseball player who wants to build awareness in sports. His team says they are proud of him.

D1 college football player Ryan Deluca came out as gay on Instagram. His team showed an outpouring of love

Ryan Deluca found immediate support this week coming out at Furman University in South Carolina.

Sacred Heart track coach comes out after competing in the closet for BYU

Wyatt Warnick came out publicly just days after being hired at Sacred Heart, a Catholic school.

Josh Cavallo becomes first out gay A-League Australian men’s pro soccer player

Josh Cavallo says he’s gotten widespread support across soccer, including coaches and teammates.

Bryan Ruby says his teammates, coaches and fans all had his back as he came out as gay

The pro baseball player tells other gay, bi and queer athletes that even if they feel isolated, they are not alone.

WWE referee Shawn Bennett comes out as gay on National Coming Out Day

Shawn Bennett, who referees WWE matches on "Raw," is living out and proud as his true self.

Out basketball coach Seth Hayes found ‘family’ after coming out. Now she’s doing the same for others

Denison University’s Seth Hayes found acceptance after coming out as gay in high school and now genderqueer in coaching.

Gay college soccer player came out to his team in Kentucky. Their response was ‘perfect’

Thomas Roth found widespread acceptance from teammates in Kentucky when he came out to them in 2018.

Pro baseball player Bryan Ruby comes out as gay

Ruby has been out and working in the LGBTQ sports space for a while, sharing his favorite books with Outsports readers.

Kristie Mewis is dating Sam Kerr, now one of sports’ LGBTQ power couples

During the Olympics about 30 people asked us to add Mewis to our list of out athletes. Now we can.

Some Olympians are ‘intentionally vague’ about being LGBTQ. We should all respect that choice

It’s not always crystal clear if an athlete is LGBTQ and out. In those cases, let’s give them space to walk their journey.

Out LGBTQ women outnumber out men at the Tokyo Olympics by about 9-to-1. Why?

Why are there relatively few out men at the Tokyo Olympics? We explore the reasons.

When Olympic rower Katarzyna Zillmann won a medal, she grabbed a mic and came out

Katarzyna Zillmann came out officially just moments after winning a silver medal with her Polish rowing team.

Luke Prokop seeing widespread support as a gay athlete, and no one should be surprised by that

Yes, the NHL, hockey and America are "ready" for gay professional athletes like Luke Prokop.

Nashville Predators prospect Luke Prokop comes out as gay

Luke Prokop is the first active player under NHL contract to publicly come out.

Have you been out to teammates in the UK? Please take this important survey

Outsports is again teaming up with academics to look at the environment facing out LGBTQ athletes in sport, this time in the UK.

I’m gay: Director of Wisconsin men’s basketball operations comes out

Marc VandeWettering has thrived with the Badgers’ basketball team by being himself. He wants other LGBTQ people in sports to feel comfortable enough to come out.

Pro wrestler Jack Andrews comes out as gay in spiritual fashion

Andrews rose to prominence in recent years in Paradigm Pro Wrestling and Unsanctioned Pro as one half of The Awesome Odyssey.

Trans runner Nikki Hiltz recounts what motivated them to come out

After organizing an LGBTQ virtual 5K run and witnessing several competitors come out, Hiltz decided to become more visible as their authentic transgender self.

Colton Underwood, former NFL prospect and Bachelor, now says he IS gay after saying last year he wasn’t

Colton Underwood shares his journey to sexual discovery, now saying he is in fact gay. After appearing on the Bachelor, he said he wasn’t.

NCAA’s Sedona Prince of viral TikTok fame shares her coming out story

In a new interview, the Oregon Ducks forward speaks on activism, gay visibility, and using their TikTok platform to speak out.

Pro wrestler Donnie Janela comes out as pansexual

New South Pro Wrestling standout ‘Kung Fu’ Donnie Janela becomes the latest in a growing list of out LGBTQ pro wrestlers.

It’s time for an active player to come out. Baseball needs it

On Opening Day, it feels like MLB needs more humanity. And an active player coming out would provide that very quality.

Conor McDermott-Mostowy just won 2 US Championships. Now he’s coming out as gay.

McDermott-Mostowy competed for Team USA at the World Championships. He’s found acceptance in speed skating.

Pro wrestler Aiden Aggro comes out as pansexual

The ‘Biracial Bae’ and Maine State Posse member came out publicly Thursday morning.

New York Liberty’s Layshia Clarendon shares their coming out story

The WNBA player reflects on coming out to their parents and identifying as gender non-conforming in a new podcast interview.

Gay swimmer overcame racism and won the respect and acceptance of teammates

Dwight Richardson endured a prank with a noose before taking charge and becoming a top-level swimmer.

Speed skater Matt Rittenhouse was a gay athlete representing the USA

Matt Rittenhouse had negative coming-out experiences, before finding acceptance in his sport.

Out pro wrestler Don’t Die Miles evolved out of a need for self-definition

Pro wrestling’s beacon of positivity took hold of his narrative last year by dropping a persona the made him ‘miserable’ and coming out publicly as pansexual.

Gay pro basketball player Marco Lehmann comes out

Marco Lehmann has played pro basketball for 8 seasons and also plays on the national 3x3 team.


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