Coming Out Stories
Outsports' list of coming out stories from LGBT people in sports.
Out volleyball player and coach Brett Thompson tells a parent that ‘whom I choose to love has no effect on my abilities to coach.’
Erik Limpitlaw had great success in rowing even as he struggled with his sexuality. Years later, he is happy and fulfilled.
This gay hockey player was sick of hearing slurs from his team. So he came out to them with this speech
Brock Weston knew it was time to come out to his hockey team. ‘I didn’t choose this, and I hope you won’t turn on me.’
In a first-person essay for SkySports, Akanni attributes his newfound confidence on the track to coming out publicly.
With a newfound sense of confidence as a gay man, Kevin Pereira pursues his athletic passion.
Greg Nelson struggled with coming out until he finally found a helping hand and the strength to be himself.
After 10 years and in a period of great uncertainty, Matt Lynch decides he could hide no more and strives to be a role model for other LGBTQ coaches.
Brett Lysohir’s senior season ended abruptly, but not until after he showed his teammates the real him.
Mike Del Moro swam better after coming out at Tufts University, and a decade later realizes one never stops coming out.
Caroline Mattise found her voice at Monmouth University after years of feeling she had to hide who she was.
"After letting my walls down and coming out to the team, I felt like I could finally be me," Canada’s Markus Thormeyer says.
Lauren Rosenberg is the first out LGBTQ sports reporter at the University of Missouri’s campus radio station, KCOU, and also a pioneer for women.
T.J. Callan played for the University of Miami until he felt he would never be accepted as a gay man by coaches, players or staff.
Dahron Wells struggled with his sexuality and it nearly cost him his life. But he’s now out and proud and helping other athletes reach their potential.
Simon Haerinck, a gay rower in Belgium, saw his post about homophobia in sports go viral and inspired him to do more.
After coming out to his University of Connecticut team, Gavin Parker finds the strength to be himself and be visible
Nicholas Turco is living authentically as a gay athlete after realizing he no longer had to live up to his idea of being perfect.
Even in his darkest moments, Matthew Dynneson found the inner strength to make peace with himself.
After coming out as bi to his Pomona-Pitzer teammates in California, linebacker Jack Storrs has thrived on and off the field with their love and support.
Race walker Matthew Forgues chose to live visibly as an out gay athlete so that ‘some kid struggling with their sexuality or gender identity in a tiny town will realize that they have a place in sport. ‘
Marco Biagio, a South African rowing coach working in Germany, learned that hiding his true self only isolated him from his teammates. Now happily married, it’s something he now tries to help other youngsters realize.
Dakota Boring was devastated by his younger brother’s death, but it spurred him to come out and pursue his passion.
Carly Nelson was isolated and bullied after coming out as gay as a Mormon. At the University of Utah, she has found love and acceptance.
15-year-old sophomore Jake Streder seriously thought of quitting his Illinois football team after being outed, but he decided to embrace who he was and it made all the difference.
An injury forced Dalten Fox to come to terms with being gay and the Colorado State athlete soared from there.
Anthony Arnoni felt alone in the closet in Illinois until a YouTube video helped change his life and lead to experiences he never would have imagined.
After coming out as gay, Jonathan Vriesema is now dedicated to promote inclusiveness of LGTBQ people in athletics.
Lee Cary felt lost after coming out as gay. But he has found personal and professional satisfaction with the Philadelphia 76ers.
College freshman Colby Grey grew up hearing his church condemn gay people, but he realized they were twisting the Bible and he stayed true to himself.
Ryan Chase, a University of New Mexico decathlete, has found happiness — and his boyfriend — after coming out as gay.
John DeRuff found that coming out to his college teammates was the easy part. His parents were another story.