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Inspiring videos of athletes and others coming out and being out in sports and in life

Seeing and hearing the coming-out stories of LGBTQ young people can be inspiring and informing. Here’s our collection.

2014 NFL Combine
Michael Sam coming out publicly in 2014 inspired many others to be their true selves with their family and friends.
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These resources have been curated by Micah Porter, an educator and LGBTQ+ sports advocate, in conjunction with the Sports Equality Foundation and Outsports.

When people share their coming-out stories, they inspire others to do the same. Outsports’ motto — Courage Is Contagious — is about just that.

It came from hearing from so many young people about how they were empowered by the stories of others. When athletes are able to actually watch and listen as an athlete comes out or talks about their coming-out experience, it’s even more powerful.

Some young LGBTQ athletes with the Sports Equality Foundation have put together a playlist of these very videos, all of which have inspired one of them to be their true selves.

Check them out below.

If there’s a sports coming-out video that inspired you that you don’t see here, or if you’ve made a video yourself, please leave it on the comments so we can share with others.

Coming-out videos from LGBTQ athletes

Coming-out videos from non-athletes