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Gay volleyball player, coach finds confidence in himself and renewed love of the sport

‘Being my authentic self with my team and coaches helped me become the person I am today,’ Dustin Stueck writes.

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Gay college basketball player wants to inspire others to come out

‘I want to shift the conversation away from being the one gay basketball kid,’ Joe Morrell writes. ‘I am not the only one, I am one of many.’

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How gay soccer player helped LGBTQ supporter group get official recognition from MLS team

Ryan Keesee loves soccer, but he thought it was not compatible with being gay. Now embracing who he is has led him to an amazing place.

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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.

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Coming out and finding love rekindled athlete’s passion for running

Closeted and scared, Kenzi Hayden quit running. Now out, she is reclaiming a sport she has long loved.

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When this trans hockey player returned to the ice, she was embraced by her former college teammates

Charlotte Jobe was nervous the first time she played after coming out, but it turned out her fears were baseless.

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Coming Out Stories

Outsports' list of coming out stories from LGBT people in sports.

AAGBPL pitcher Maybelle Blair reflects on coming out publicly at age 95

In addition advising the ‘A League of Their Own’ TV series, Blair recounts how the AAGBPL was the first place many gay and lesbian players were able to meet others like them.

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How gay beach volleyball player uses TikTok to build a community

Charlie Siragusa has found social media vital to building his brand but more importantly to find a community with other queer people from different walks of life.

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Gay rugby player in Texas shares his Pride video to inspire others to love themselves 

Knute O’Donnell discovered a simple message in his coming out journey: Love yourself. It’s what spurred him to do a Pride video.

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Longtime soccer coach and executive finds liberation in coming out as gay

After widespread support from the soccer community, John Dorn wonders, ‘Why did it take me so long?’

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Coming out as gay gave high school swimmer courage to be outspoken about queer rights

Ethan Crawford was nervous about coming out as gay, but ‘all of the guys on my swim team were accepting and supportive, which was shocking.’

This trans woman celebrates her name 3 years later

Karleigh Webb looks back on claiming her name and finding her voice, and how others have done the same in sports.

Gay racer, kart track owner strives to make racing accessible to all

Brandon Adkins used to hide his sexuality but now out and proud, he wants to give ‘everyone a chance in a sport that’s historically been tailored to straight, white men.’

Coming out from behind the camera, now working UNC-Kansas

Sports cameraman Scott Winer has worked the biggest sports in America. It was his shot of the Arkansas State fake punt that went viral. He opens up about being gay, his dream job in the pros and years of dealing with sexual assault.

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For college rowing captain, coming out as gay showed power of authenticity

Gus Hirschfeld takes the lessons he learned as an athlete at Brown to his new job as a special education teacher.

Out basketball player Courtney Thrun thrives in Brandeis’s culture of acceptance

After feeling repressed in her hometown, Thrun finds the open environment she’d been looking for under out head coach Carol Simon.

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College runner: ‘I want people to know that I’m gay and I’m fast’

For Rachel Hirschkind, helping her team place at cross-country nationals was made sweeter by being out as a queer athlete.

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Gay, Black gymnast finds he can be himself at West Point

‘Since I have been out, not a single individual has treated me differently since before I was in the closet,’ Brandon Rhode writes. ‘It’s interesting how curious they are about the queer experience.’

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After coming out as gay, accomplished snowboarder rekindles his love of the sport

‘After shedding unhealthy coping habits my closeted self had developed, I fell back in love with snowboarding ... and to the purest form of happiness I know,’ Jack Hessler writes.

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Being gay made soccer player and sprinter train to be best athlete possible

‘Gay athletes feel more pressure to work hard and prove we belong in traditionally heteronormative, masculine spaces. I know I did,’ Mike Welch writes.

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Gay, Black track athlete had character and resolve tested at University of Washington

‘I think the biggest lesson I learned as a queer athlete was to never be ashamed of who you are and where you come from,’ Devan Kirk writes.

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Anaheim Ducks organist comes out as trans and bi on National Coming Out Day

‘I am literally more comfortable in my skin, Lindsay Imber — an organist, basketball referee and baseball rules analyst — writes about her transition.

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Queer, nonbinary gymnast finds a connection and acceptance at Arizona State

‘When I came to Arizona State, I began to discover a newfound connection with my queer self,’ says gymnast Jackson Harrison.

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For gay Olympic gymnast Dominic Clarke, coming out allowed him to shine in Tokyo

Dominic Clarke had a ‘gay old time’ being himself at the Olympics once he embraced who he was.

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For champion skater Christopher Caluza, coming out as gay was a worthwhile journey

Christopher Caluza struggled for years with his sexuality but slowly he realized that embracing who he was made him a better skater and person.

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Gay college player says lacrosse needs to normalize coming out

‘Let’s start talking about identifying as LGBTQ+ as a routine part of the lacrosse world,’ Sarah Cahn writes, "so we reduce the isolation for future generations of athletes."

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High school football player wins most inspirational award. He’s now out and proud.

Marc Small was cut from the theater club so he decided to play football. It gave him ‘the confidence to finally sit down and reflect with myself and come to terms with who I was.’

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For gay triathlete, finishing the IRONMAN fulfills a dream

When an exhausted Michael Lalli crossed the finish line in Hawaii, the triathlete felt a major sense of accomplishment and a realization of where his coming out journey led him.

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For gay Duke diver, inclusion on his team wasn’t an empty phrase

"Seeing for the first time in my life successful queer individuals being not just tolerated, but celebrated by those around them, was life changing," says Duke diver Nathaniel Hernandez.

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Tennis player and now coach blossomed after coming out as gay

‘Being out ... has allowed me to truly find a community within the game of tennis,’ Scott Strough says.

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Gay college athlete was hesitant, but attending a Catholic school was a winning decision

Any reservations Anh Nguyen had attending a Catholic university as an openly gay athlete were quickly dispelled.

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Young soccer referee has thrived all the while being openly gay

‘Sports have always given me the chance to express myself and be passionate without the fear of what others will think of me,’ Alec Pena says.

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NCAA tournament run was extra sweet for out gay volleyball coach

‘The impact of coming out in college athletics has made my job and career so much more enjoyable,’ Keith Anderson says.

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For college swimming coach, being gay no longer a big thing and that’s why it’s a great thing

Matthew Kinney persevered through some dark times as he was coming out, but that is all well behind him now.

Gay college softball player navigates an accepting team and silent family

‘College has been my escape, somewhere I can be truly and unapologetically myself,’ Emma Hoffart says.

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From college swimmer to high school coach, gay athlete stayed true to himself

‘The most challenging part of being gay has actually been encouraging myself to be more open with others,’ MacJilton Lewis writes.

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For gay West Virginia athletes, their wedding day was ‘ultimate team brunch’

Candace and Tig Archer started dating while runners at West Virginia University. It was only fitting that their close-knit team was an integral part of their wedding.

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Gay Dartmouth tennis player wants more men’s players to come out to increase visibility

"I think it’s important to increase the representation so that people at the upper levels of the sport will be able to come out and feel supported," says John Speicher, who struggled with his own coming out at Dartmouth.