Coming Out Stories
Outsports' list of coming out stories from LGBT people in sports.
Swimmer Alec Reitzel grew up in the South and struggled with coming out until he realized he needed to be himself.
Andre Williams chose to go to the Univ. of Central Missouri in part because they had already accepted another gay athlete.
Ryan Signorino was nervous joining the track and cross country team as a novice runner and gay man, but he has never looked back.
Christian Zeitvogel feared the worst when he came out as a gay football player, but he was met with love and acceptance.
Matt Young was raised in a conservative Oklahoma town, but has found his niche as a runner and gay man at the University of Arkansas.
Mara Åkesson found struggles and some loneliness as an LGBTQ athlete in Sweden, and she’s sharing her story to help others.
Bennett Sherr battled a rare orthopedic disease while coming to grips with being gay, and found empowerment on the mat.
Aaron Hernandez found strength to come out as gay in the words of one big-time college football coach.
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Jeff Rohrer played for the legendary Tom Landry. As he marries his boyfriend, his Cowboys teammates have his back.
Aron Lipkin decided to come out as gay in honor of his late friend and assistant coach on National Coming Out Day.
Madison Harris, a high school lacrosse player, promised herself to come out to stay true to who she was.
Adam Burnett is a highly recruited gay soccer player from Missouri who will be playing in the NCAA next season.
Trans athlete Evelyn Sifton has found acceptance in fixed gear cycling and realizes that being out is the key to acceptance.
His classmates assumed he played a ‘gay’ sport, but Ben Palmer wasn’t fazed about proudly coming out.
Casey Duckworth was accepted as openly lesbian at the University of Wyoming and her swimming career thrived.
Nine months after coming out publicly as gay, pro wrestler Mike Parrow has never been happier and his career is taking off.
Now that racewalker Anthony Peters has come out as gay, he can focus on his goal — making the 2020 Olympics
Feeling isolated and scared, high school swimmer Hunter Sigmund confided he was gay to Jake Bain, the out captain of the football team. They are now boyfriends and Sigmund is thriving.
Amy Werdine, an openly gay former college soccer player, was instrumental in getting the Vikings to have a booth at Twin Cities Pride.
Abbie Hetherington has found total acceptance with the Cowgirls track and cross-country teams.
Jacob Van Ittersum felt it was time to tell the world he is bi.
Growing up in a macho culture where bullying was prevalent was very hard for Luis Hernández.
"It doesn’t affect my ability to play football. It doesn’t affect my ability to serve my country."
Justin Stevenson never let anyone else define him.
Ryan Socolow came out to his team in 2013 and found a warm embrace from coach and teammates.
Adam Dalton thrived when he no longer used running as an unhealthy crutch.
Justice Horn came out to his coaches and team all in one day. He’s glad he did.
Landon Foster has committed himself to a life promoting diversity in sports and business.
Donovan Hillary felt he had to quit football at Queen’s Univ. Now he’s on a team where he feels he can come out.
Nick Lee has thrived at Vassar after learning to be himself.