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Esera Tuaolo receives the 2024 NCAA Inspiration Award

Tuaolo played football at Oregon State. He has become an advocate for the LGBTQ community, as a gay Christian.

Nebraska’s only publicly out male athlete makes stand for visibility

Cornhuskers gymnast Samuel Phillips came out to his team as a freshman and has never looked back.

Trans swimmer Meghan Cortez-Fields puts up collegiate school record at weekend invite

Citing Lia Thomas as an inspiration, the Ramapo (N.J.) College senior flew on the water at the Cougar Splash invite.

GOP Governors are facing off with the NCAA over their trans-athlete policy

Nine governors seek a policy change and are lobbying the former governor who now leads the NCAA

Division III Roanoke College takes center stage in fight over transgender athletes

The NCAA pushed back a piece of their trans student-athlete policy for further study. One Virginia school decided to move ahead anyway.

Queer college hockey player feels rejected by the sport after NHL’s ban on Pride Tape

‘Hockey is no longer for everyone,’ says out college hockey player Carson Gates, after the NHL’s shift in policy.

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Two college baseball rivals have become boyfriends off the field

After meeting when their teams played each other, Cole Philpott and Aiden Phipps sparked an incredible baseball romance.

Gay dancer Rhys Balow has found his confidence on the Sacramento State dance team

Rhys Balow celebrates his personality every time he steps on the court or field for the Sacramento State Hornets.

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Trans college tennis player Brooklyn Ross eyes the season ahead, with rare objections behind her

After years of competing without incident, concerns prior to a tournament in August put her in the continuing debate.

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Gay volleyball player creates his own path from a rural upbringing to a college career

Growing up on a farm in Minnesota, Connor Syverson had a tumultuous coming out experience. Fortunately, one of his found families was on the volleyball court.

Gay rowing coach’s coming out journey climaxes in his engagement

It took Iowa assistant coach Lowell McNicholas a while to be comfortable with telling his coming out story. Now he’s posting engagement photos on social media.

Honorees 71-80: Outsports Power 100, the most influential LGBTQ people in sports

"Since I have been completely out, I feel like I am on a victory tour with every conversation I have," says a pro soccer exec on this list with people from the WNBA, NBC, CBS, ESPN and U.S. Ski and Snowboard.

Billy Van Raaphorst is again a gay umpire working the College World Series

Van Raaphorst is a college baseball umpire working western conference who is also publicly out as gay.

College runner’s anti-gay bullying suit reinstated by federal court

In expansion of Title IX, court says sexual orientation can be used to judge cases of alleged harassment.

How Power 5 schools have so far celebrated Pride Month (or not) on Twitter

35 college Twitter athletic accounts celebrated Pride Month, while 30 have not. Four stood out. The SEC was mostly missing in action.

Glen Quayle is an out gay pole vaulter in the NCAA and Commonwealth Games

Quayle has found both acceptance and homophobia in South Dakota, competing for Northern State University.

These 36 trans athletes have competed openly in college

Lia Thomas ignited a debate over trans inclusion in college sports. She’s not the first or last to compete.

Ray Libman competed as a trans athlete over 20 years ago. And you didn’t even know it.

You likely have never heard of Ray Libman, who quietly broke ground in sports in the early 2000s.

Bobbie Hirsch is a trans man competing in the upcoming NCAA Men’s Regional

Hirsch fences for Wayne State University. He may be the first trans man to compete in an NCAA Men’s Regional.

Nick Albiero, 28-time All-American swimmer, is gay OIympic hopeful

Albiero has been on the US Swimming National Team. He is now talking more about being a gay athlete representing the USA.

Iszac Henig swims fast, has fun, and has no regrets in his final season at Yale

In an interview on The Trans Sporter Room, Henig gives a deeper glimpse into his transition in and out of the pool.

Trans swimmer Iszac Henig switches from the women’s to the men’s swimming team at Yale

Henig talks about coming full circle in a New York Times op-ed.

Lia Thomas and Iszac Henig are Outsports 2022 Transgender Athletes of the Year

The Ivy League swimmers were both at the center of one of the biggest stories in all of sport in 2022.

Tell your coming out story on Outsports

You can change the lives of LGBT athletes simply by telling your story. If you're an LGBT athlete, coach or sports administrator, and you're ready to share, we'd love for you to tell your story on Outsports.

When this college soccer team heard a gay slur, they took action thanks in part to having had a gay captain

The Colby-Sawyer soccer team says it will walk off the field if any opponents use gay slurs.

University of South Florida creates LGBT athlete scholarship to support inclusion

A gay South Florida Bulls alumnus is championing the new LGBT-inclusion scholarship for athletes.

‘Annoyingly positive’ Erica Smith builds unbreakable bonds at Sweet Briar College

How the first trans woman student-athlete at a small Virginia all-women’s college made a mark and made positive change.

Out gymnast Sirena Linton is second-team All-American at NCAAs

The out athlete competed for the University of Arizona at the National Championships.

6 truths and myths about Lia Thomas, trans athletes and women’s swimming

There is lots of information, and falsehoods, shared about Penn swimmer Lia Thomas.

Iszac Henig 5th, Lia Thomas 8th in 100-free final, two trans All-Americans in women’s swimming

Outsports is tracking trans swimmers Lia Thomas and Iszac Henig at the NCAA Women’s Swimming Championships.

Let’s lower the temperature this NCAA Championships weekend and let the athletes shine

The conversation can continue after Lia Thomas, Iszac Henig and everyone at the NCAA Swimming Championships get on to the action, please.

How Lia Thomas and Iszac Henig got to NCAA Swimming Championships in Atlanta

For the first NCAA trans student-athletes to reach a Division I championship event, the road was long, twisty and worth it.


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