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Former Kentucky Wildcat, pro basketball player Isaac Humphries comes out as gay

Isaac Humphries also played 5 games for the Atlanta Hawks in 2019. He’s the latest pro athlete to come out as gay.

Olympic skier Breezy Johnson comes out as bisexual

‘I am here to represent that we are out there, we are normal, and we can do whatever we want.’

Byron Perkins, D1 Hampton University football player, comes out as gay

‘I’m gay,’ Perkins said. ‘This is who I am, this is who I’ve been, and this is who I’m going to be.’

There are various personal reasons more gay male pro athletes have not come out. Here are 7 of them

Coming out is a personal choice. And everyone has different family and career experiences to navigate.

Nadia Podoroska comes out, dating fellow WTA player Guillermina Naya

The women’s tennis circuit officially adds another power couple in the off-court duo from Argentina.

Pro handball player Lucas Krzikalla: ‘I’m gay and I’m very happy’

The 12-year Bundesliga veteran is the league’s first out gay player, and the first active male player in a pro team sport in Germany to come out.

Scottish pro soccer player Zander Murray comes out as gay

Zander Murray says the great time he had going to a Pride event this year convinced him to come out as openly gay.

Champion runner Nico Young comes out as gay

Now at Northern Arizona, Nico Young says he’s always known he is gay, but had struggled with it until now.

This Olympic champ just came out as trans shortly after his athletic career was over

Ellia Green won Olympic gold in rugby and is now sharing his story in connection with the Bingham Cup.

Minor League Baseball player Solomon Bates says he is gay, has been out to teammates since 2019

Bates had been in the San Francisco Giants Minor League system until he was released this week.

Olympic swimmer Dan Jervis comes out weeks ahead of the Commonwealth Games

Dan Jervis chose to come out just a month before one of his biggest races of the year.

Top Phoenix Suns basketball exec Ryan Resch comes out as gay

‘Ultimately my goal is to normalize for people in and out of the league the existence of gay men and women on the basketball side," Ryan Resch says.

Gay pro rugby player Nick McCarthy comes out in Ireland to widespread acceptance

McCarthy said his teammates have rallied around him since coming out to them in January.

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It's Pride, time to take LGBT playground inventory

Almost a quarter into the 21st Century, few men are in out in pro sports while the women are marrying each other.

Pro soccer player Jake Daniels comes out as gay

Daniels says he has gotten huge support from his club and teammates.

Pro Wrestler Zeb Saint comes out publicly as LGBTQ, doesn’t define how he identifies

‘I’ve found myself attracted to men and wanna live that truth,’ Saint said in a ‘coming out post’ on Twitter.

Pro wrestling referee Devon Campbell comes out as omnisexual

Campbell, a referee for multiple Pacific Northwest promotions, announced he is omnisexual on Twitter.

Why we’ll never have a ‘gay Jackie Robinson’

No. 42 was a special man at a special time in history.

Olympic rugby player Nicole Heavirland comes out as gay, was hoping to be outed

Nicole Heavirland has received love and support since coming out. She is already inspiring others in her sport.

Lewis Gibson talks for the first time about being gay and married, on eve of the Olympics

Lewis Gibson and ice dancing partner Lilah Fear will represent Team Great Britain at the Beijing Olympics.

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.