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Lesbian cricket legend Sarah Taylor and partner reveal pregnancy: ‘Love who you want as long as you’re happy’

Not long after announcing her retirement from playing, the former England cricketer is planning a family with her partner.

These Black pioneers are some of the most important figures in LGBTQ sports history

As part of Black History Month, Outsports celebrates the Black LGBTQ athletes who broke barriers for our community.

Out figure skater Amber Glenn qualifies for World Championships with bronze at US Nationals

After a COVID spoiled her 2022 season, Glenn comes all the way back at the 2023 US Figure Skating Championships.

Gay rugby player, bobsledder, activist Simon Dunn dies at 35

An Australian athlete, Dunn was a longtime advocate for LGBTQ people in sports and once had Olympic dreams.

Sam Stosur celebrated with 2 minutes of applause by home crowd in final professional tennis match

The Grand Slam champion closed out her professional career at the Australian Open to a standing ovation.

After coming out, exiled Russian tennis star Daria Kasatkina finds a chosen family in her teammates

Separated from her homeland and family, Kasatkina finds strength in her teammates’ support and her ability to live openly and honestly.

How pronouns helped bond queer, non-binary college swimmer with teammates

Sasha Liu need not have worried about how teammates would handle their pronouns. The experience shows how far Liu has come.

Carl Nassib, Tampa Bay Bucs headed to the NFL Playoffs

The out gay player has made the Playoffs for the second year with a second team.

Openly gay sport climber Campbell Harrison wins two titles at Australian championships

‘Queerness is not a deficit ... it’s an asset that both sets me apart from the crowd and connects me to so many others,’ Harrison says.

Isaac Humphries gets worldwide support after coming out, leads team in rebounds in first game

Isaac Humphries, who played in Kentucky and NBA, came out and then competed in Australia like any other athlete.

Gay triathlete gave up baseball for love. Now he’s competed at the Ironman World Championship

Dylan Delacruz kept swimming, biking, and running Ironman qualifiers. This year, he got rewarded by making it to the World Championship in Hawaii.

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.

Ashlyn Harris and Ali Krieger are using their platform to help others be their true selves

Krieger and Harris talk with Outsports about endorsement deals, raising a family and their journey to coming out.

There are various personal reasons more gay male pro athletes have not come out. Here are 7 of them

Coming out is a personal choice. And everyone has different family and career experiences to navigate.

Soccer player Zander Murray finds new level of inspiration after coming out

In addition to gratitude from numerous LGBTQ soccer players and fans, Murray is welcomed to the community of out athletes by Tom Daley.

Carl Nassib is what he wanted to be: just another NFL player

The lack of fanfare around Nassib’s 2022 debut proved a point: Gay NFL players are NFL players first, when it comes to football.

Meet the 16 out gay and bi football players in the NFL’s 103-year history

Carl Nassib is the first to ever play a down as openly gay, but the rest are still trailblazers.

Fencing coach adjusts to genderqueer life in Missouri

After moving from the Northeast to Missouri, Abram Gregory transitioned from athlete to coach and from cisgender to genderqueer.

Solomon Bates has struck out 13 batters in just 6 innings, days after coming out

Bates has struck out more than half the batters he’s faced,

Daria Kasatkina wins first tournament since coming out as gay

Russian tennis star gets first tour win of the year and shares the moment with her girlfriend, Natalia Zabiiako.

At least 40 out athletes are competing at the Commonwealth Games

England leads the way for out athletes with at least nine. Two out athletes cannot marry in their home country.

Tom Daley uses Commonwealth Games to elevate LGBTQ activists and athletes

During the Opening Ceremony, Daley helped shine the spotlight on six LGBTQ figures from all over the Commonwealth.

Record-setting college athlete says coming out as gay was the best thing he did for his career

Kade McCall has excelled at the hammer throw at Kansas State. Since coming out, he feels completely free.

Out goalie Anne Veenendaal helps Netherlands win third straight field hockey title

Dutch field hockey team cements status as the greatest in the sport, and a gay goalie plays a big part.

Gay player Luke Prokop shines as Edmonton wins Western Hockey League title

Prokop had a career year after coming out as gay and is now a champion as Edmonton wins Western Hockey League.

Commonwealth Games Pride House aims to provide safe space for LGBTQ athletes and activism

Pride House welcomes out athletes, including those from 36 countries where homosexuality is criminalized.

After coming out, gay pro baseball player Bryan Ruby played better and got more offers from teams

Bryan Ruby was told that he wouldn’t get work in baseball if he came out. Now he’s showing the true path to inclusion.

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It's Pride, time to take LGBT playground inventory

Almost a quarter into the 21st Century, few men are in out in pro sports while the women are marrying each other.

Michael Sam makes return to football field, added to Barcelona Dragons roster

Michael Sam hasn’t played football since 2015. Now he’s back in a football uniform.

As WNBA tips off, 20% of players currently on rosters are LGBTQ and publicly out

1 in 5 WNBA players are publicly out as LGBTQ, possibly the highest of any pro league in the world.

Handball player comes out as gay, says his dream is to find ‘a handsome boy’

In his coming out post, this Norwegian athlete quoted the words of acceptance from the country’s king.