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Coming Out Stories

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

From near tragedy, St. Bonaventure runner thrives after coming out 

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.

A gay rower’s viral post about homophobia shows power of coming out

Simon Haerinck, a gay rower in Belgium, saw his post about homophobia in sports go viral and inspired him to do more.

Transgender golfer looking to make her mark on World Long Drive Tour

Jamie O’Neill tackles her next challenge.

Gay college hockey team manager finds perfect fit with ‘amazing group of guys’

After coming out to his University of Connecticut team, Gavin Parker finds the strength to be himself and be visible

Gay college runner realized he could make a difference for LGBTQ athletes without being perfect

Nicholas Turco is living authentically as a gay athlete after realizing he no longer had to live up to his idea of being perfect.

Gay college swimmer inspired by boyfriend to come out

Even in his darkest moments, Matthew Dynneson found the inner strength to make peace with himself.

For bi captain, college football team wearing Pride stickers meant everything

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.

Gay 2020 Olympic track hopeful lets his performance do the talking

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. ‘

A gay rowing coach rekindles love of sport after finally accepting himself

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.

Death of gay brother spurred gay athlete to come out and pursue career in sports administration

Dakota Boring was devastated by his younger brother’s death, but it spurred him to come out and pursue his passion.

Raised a Mormon, gay Utah goalie overcomes hate and bullying to find happiness

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.

It was a simple team photo, but it meant the world to gay high school football player

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.

Saying ‘I am gay’ in the mirror led college track athlete on path to acceptance

An injury forced Dalten Fox to come to terms with being gay and the Colorado State athlete soared from there.

Once in the closet, gay hockey player voted high school’s homecoming king

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.

A shattering sexual assault led gay athlete to confront his identity and seize control of his life

After coming out as gay, Jonathan Vriesema is now dedicated to promote inclusiveness of LGTBQ people in athletics.

76ers made gay employee immediately feel like part of the family

Lee Cary felt lost after coming out as gay. But he has found personal and professional satisfaction with the Philadelphia 76ers.

For gay tennis player, reconciling his faith was a spur for him to come out

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.

This college decathlete came out as gay over a game of Risk

Ryan Chase, a University of New Mexico decathlete, has found happiness — and his boyfriend — after coming out as gay.

Gay college sailor elected captain after finally coming out to his parents

John DeRuff found that coming out to his college teammates was the easy part. His parents were another story.

They’re gay, married and coach volleyball together on the same college team

Coleman Lee and Garrett Case have found each other and their dream job coaching college volleyball in Missouri as an out, gay married couple.

A coach and a sport helped college runner come out as gay

Jacob Grinwis fell in love with running and came out. He didn’t let homophobic comments stop him from attending his dream school, Boise State.

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Celebrating Black LGBTQ sports history: NFL free agent Ryan Russell comes out as bisexual

Ryan Russell wants to land back in the NFL. Being his true self is now paramount for his life’s next chapter.

College football player had his best season after coming out as gay

Avery Saffold felt he had to live up to an image of being a black athlete from the city. Then he decided to be himself.

A gay hockey player uses Pride Tape to ‘queer’ his space and his sport

Joey Gale made a statement with his rainbow-colored tape at an adult league All-Star game. ‘Who’s got the gay tape?’ one teammate asked.

Gay Rams cheerleader Quinton Peron is proud to be a trailblazer

Out and proud, Rams cheerleader Quinton Peron loves being different as he dances to his own beat.

Gay golf pro sees sport as more accepting and wants golfers to come out

Greg Fitzgerald is an openly gay golf pro and he thinks the sport is ready for more out members, even players.

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Gay lacrosse player breaks the ‘bro’ stereotype at Catholic high school

For years, Antonio Corral felt out of place in lacrosse, until he came out as gay and embraced who he is.

Gay high school sprinter came out to his team and then later in a TED Talk

The more people who come out, ‘the sooner that gay children will feel comfortable to just be themselves,’ Steven Jacobs, now an NYU student, says.

Gay coach and his husband find a home at University of Oklahoma

Jake Barreau has found personal and professional success at the University of Oklahoma as a coach who is gay and married.

‘I am the only out LGBTQ athlete at BYU’

For Emma Gee, a bisexual BYU runner, ‘coming out has proven difficult, confusing, awful, heartbreaking and wonderfully liberating.’

Gay high school quarterback finds new passion at Michigan State as sports broadcaster, referee

Eric Bach felt he could not be his authentic self as a high school football and baseball player, but the burden of carrying his secret at Michigan State is now gone.

Penn State bowler’s only regret was not coming out sooner as bi

Tim Culin-Couwels kept his bisexuality hidden at Penn State and he learned a valuable lesson about acceptance.


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