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USA women’s basketball, with 2 out coaches and a bunch of players, are on fire and headed to the Paris Olympics

Three wins against top-20 teams cement Team USA’s spot as the favorites to win gold at this summer’s Olympics.

Elena Delle Donne, WNBA legend and LGBTQ sports icon, set to announce break from basketball

ESPN reported that the 34-year-old would not sign the one-year super max deal offered by the Washington Mystics.

Scottie Nelson finishes U.S. Olympic marathon trial, a milestone for world’s biggest gay running club

Nelson ran his first marathon in October. He talks to Outsports about the need for LGBTQ visibility in the sport, and the support of Front Runners New York.

Jake Daniels makes impact on debut for new club as out gay footballer looks to ‘kick on’

The English striker, who recently turned 19, contributed an assist as he began a loan spell at Bradford Park Avenue.

Over a dozen out LGBTQ people in sports nominated for Queerties this year

Out LGBTQ people in sports recognized for coming out, writing books and being heroes in the 2024 Queerties nominee list.

Out runner Nico Young sets college record in 5,000 meters

Young is the first college runner to run the race in under 13 minutes. He came out as gay in 2022.

Clumsy cartoon ‘joke’ shows how men’s cycling is on wrong track, says gay rider

Organizers of Belgium’s E3 Saxo Classic apologized for a cartoon that some called homophobic. UCI-ranked Josh Jones says the sport is "thoughtless" on LGBTQ inclusion.

Pro rugby player Nick McCarthy got advice on coming out as gay from NFL’s Carl Nassib

McCarthy is now about to embark on his first season of Major League Rugby with Chicago Hounds.

FIFA sending ‘dangerous message’ to young gay soccer players, says Robbie Rogers

The former USMNT international is frustrated to see major football tournaments being given to nations that refuse to "embrace that the world looks different".

Raquel Pennington wins vacant UFC Bantamweight title in all-LGBTQ UFC 297 co-main event

Raquel Pennington capped off a six-fight win streak by claiming her first UFC championship in a unanimous decision win over fellow out LGBTQ fighter Mayra Bueno Silva.

Shawn Barber, Olympian and world champion athlete who came out as gay, has died at 29

Barber competed for Canada, living his life openly and ‘proudly’ after coming out in 2017.

Star linebacker, NFL draft prospect comes out

"I want to own my truth," Michael Sam says. The SEC co-defensive player of the year from the University of Missouri would be first openly gay active NFL player if drafted. He came out to his team last summer.

Out Nebraska gymnast Samuel Phillips enters season on high after All-Star meet win

Samuel Phillips won the high bar at the kickoff event to the new season and is excited to be healthy and focused.

Daria Kasatkina wins first round Australian Open match, faces Sloane Stephens in Round 2

Kasatkina beat American Peyton Stearns to advance to the round of 64 in Melbourne.

Tributes paid to former Australia soccer player Stephen Laybutt, who has died aged 46

Football Australia "deeply saddened" to learn of death of Laybutt, who came out as gay after playing for his country and generously made a life-saving kidney donation.

After rehabbing from surgery, Josh Cavallo returns to play for the first time in 323 days

Following a lengthy rehab, Cavallo takes the pitch to an ovation and has ‘the biggest smile on my face’ afterward.

Thomas Hitzlsperger says coming out as gay 10 years ago took life in ‘best direction possible’

Hitzlsperger is the only Premier League footballer to have come out, doing so after retiring a decade ago. The German’s autobiography will be released in March.

Luke Prokop scores his third game-winning goal of the season, leads the league

Prokop’s game-winning shot from the blue line is a thing of beauty.

PWHL begins with gay goalscorers, and Billie Jean King dropping the league’s ceremonial first puck

Alex Carpenter and Jill Saulnier were on target as New York won, 4-0, at Toronto in the first game of the Professional Women’s Hockey League.

On New Year’s Day, Ellie Carpenter and Danielle van de Donk reveal they got engaged in the Maldives

The Lyon teammates posted a celebratory image to Instagram, on holiday in a country where gay relationships are still criminalized by law.

The Dwight Howard ‘Is he or isn’t he’ saga, involving gay sex and an NBA legend, isn’t going away

Dwight Howard talked about his sex with men in legal documents. Is he out? Gay? Bi?

Group of gay players in men’s pro soccer will come out, says former footballer Marcus Urban

Urban, once a youth international, is leading an LGBTQ initiative called "Sports Free" which he claims is being supported by Borussia Dortmund and other elite football clubs.

Zander Murray to retire, leaving only five out gay men active in pro men’s soccer worldwide

The Scottish footballer says he is ready to channel his energies into LGBTQ education in the game. He talks to Outsports about his decision to hang up his boots.

Byron Perkins declares he’s entering the NFL Draft

Perkins is the third out athlete to enter the NFL Draft. And he’s totally committed to fulfilling his lifelong dream.

Kristie Mewis signs for West Ham and likely to line up against fiancee Sam Kerr

USWNT midfielder Mewis’ switch from the NWSL champions to the WSL strugglers puts the power couple in the same city — and at some point, on opposing teams.

Bruce Mouat is Outsports 2023 Male Athlete of the Year

The Scot skippered his curling team to World and European titles a year after winning Olympic silver, inspiring others to get into the sport.

Tom Daley returns to competition and earns gold

Daley wins synchro gold with new diving partner Noah Williams.

Out gay footballer Collin Martin joins North Carolina FC - and his boyfriend’s moving too

Martin, one of the few out gay athletes in U.S. men’s pro sports, is leaving San Diego for Raleigh and will continue to play in the USL Championship.

Gay BMX rider Perris Benegas caps off triumphant 2023 with NORA Cup for Women’s Rider of the Year

After demonstrating her skill throughout the year, Benegas learns of her victory with a surprise trophy unboxing.

Gay soccer player Jakub Jankto came out to have a normal dating life

Ten months after coming out, the pro soccer player reflects on all the positive that has happened.

Here are 21 LGBTQ college basketball players and 57 coaches who have been out while competing

The college basketball season is upon us, and we celebrate various LGBTQ players and coaches who have inspired others.


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