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At least 36 out LGBTQ athletes in Beijing Winter Olympics, a record

The number of out Winter Olympians is more than double that from four years ago as visibility grows. Here’s the list.

Andrew Blaser wins Team USA Olympic skeleton spot, first out gay man to do so

Team USA’s Andrew Blaser will be the first publicly out gay man to ever compete in skeleton at the Olympics.

Brittany Bowe wins a spot in her third Olympics, the 1st out American in the 2022 Games

Brittany Bowe is hoping to add to the bronze medal she won in the 2018 Olympics.

Tom Daley rings in the new year by being named an OBE

With his latest honor, the Olympic champion reemphasizes his commitment to making Great Britain a better home for the LGBTQ community.

Top 15 most-read Outsports stories in 2021 feature Olympics, athletes coming out

LGBTQ athletes were more present in sports in 2021 than ever before, creating memories and sports headlines.

Megan Rapinoe reimagines athlete/corporate dynamic with her new Nike partnership

Rapinoe and Nike’s new "Victory Redefined" partnership incorporates her social outreach to numerous communities.

Sam Kerr on FA Cup victory: ‘My girlfriend is here – I had to put on a show!’

The star striker added two goals and was Player of the Match in Chelsea’s win over Arsenal for the FA Cup title.

Brittany Bowe racking up World Cup medals headed into her third Olympic Games

Brittany Bowe has two golds and a silver in World Cup races as the out athlete aims for more Olympic medals.

Out pro wrestler Mercedes Martinez’s evolutionary mission leads her to Impact Knockouts title match

Mercedes Martinez will challenge Impact Knockouts champion Mickie James at Saturday’s Turning Point event

Eric Radford has returned to competition, headed to his third Olympics

Radford has won Olympic gold, silver and bronze. It would be the 4th Olympics for his new partner, Vanessa James.

Andrew Blaser hopes to be an out gay athlete at the Beijing Winter Olympics

Andrew Blaser races in skeleton for Team USA, painted fingernails, snakeskin uniform and all.

Villanova star Will Sheridan to be inducted into state basketball hall of fame

The former Villanova star came out 10 years ago and is being honored in Delaware for his accomplishments.

Gay soccer player Josh Cavallo would be ‘scared’ to play World Cup in anti-gay Qatar

Comments by the newly out player show how soccer failed when it awarded World Cup to a country hostile to LGBTQ rights.

Robert Dover’s new book The Gates To Brilliance offers life lessons and fun stories

Among other moments, Dover talks about other riders betting on him being gay, and coming out at the Olympics.

Josh Cavallo received support from these 38 pro soccer players and clubs after coming out as gay

Players, coaches and clubs around the world are sharing their support for Cavallo and gay athletes.

Jenna Burkert feared being a stereotype. Now she fights for gold, an out and proud inspiration

Jenna Burkert resisted coming out for fear of being a stereotype. Now she is an inspiration competing for the USA.

Carl Nassib takes personal day in wake of Jon Gruden anti-gay comments

Carl Nassib may feel more alone than he felt when he was in the closet. That is a tragedy.

Kieran Lovegrove’s coming out story shows how baseball is ready for openly LGBTQ players

In coming out to his minor league teammates as bisexual, Lovegrove’s example shows how baseball is in a better place than it’s ever been.

Ultimate player Irene Zhou finds her comfort zone in her team’s accepting atmosphere

Zhou has flourished with her LGBTQ teammates, who use ‘that’s gay’ as a compliment.

This gay wrestler came out in 1999 at Catholic school in West Virginia, and was embraced

Carlin Yetts says his teammates always had his back, even though he was different than all of them.

Out In Sports study proves what we’ve known for years: Athletes support LGBTQ teammates

For years out LGBTQ athletes have talked about receiving support from teammates. Now we have the proof.

Gay college soccer player came out to his team in Kentucky. Their response was ‘perfect’

Thomas Roth found widespread acceptance from teammates in Kentucky when he came out to them in 2018.

Out players in men’s Big 5 sports report wide levels of acceptance, survey finds

Outsports-sponsored survey of out athletes in football, men’s basketball, baseball, soccer and hockey found 71.7% having at least a ‘good’ experience.

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Out In Sports Study: Out LGBTQ athletes report deep, widespread acceptance from teammates

A new study by Outsports, Univ. of Winchester and Sports Equality Foundation shatters perceptions of LGBTQ hate in sports.

At least 25% of the players in the WNBA Playoffs are LGBTQ and out

Half of the top-seed Connecticut Sun roster is out LGBTQ athletes, and they have an out coach.

At least 186 out LGBTQ athletes at the Tokyo Summer Olympics, by far a record

There were more out LGBTQ athletes in Tokyo than all the previous Summer Olympics combined. Here’s the list.

Martina Navratilova reflects on her advocacy, the March on Washington, trans athletes and more

The tennis legend tells Outsports that every trans athlete deserves a path to inclusion in women’s sports.

Chinese volleyball player comes out as gay, a rarity for Chinese athletes

Out athletes are very rare in China. ‘She’s my everything,’ the volleyball player wrote in a post on a popular website.

Pro wrestler Jake Atlas, prominent figure in LGBTQ wrestling movement, steps away from the ring indefinitely

Citing mental health struggles, Jake Atlas is stepping away from pro wrestling for the forseeable future, leaving a legacy of LGBTQ representation in his wake.

Sam Stosur wins US Open Final, her 8th Grand Slam title

Stosur won her second Grand Slam doubles title match with partner Shuai Zhang.

Each of America’s big 5 sports currently has an out gay man in the pros. That’s never happened

For the first time, pro baseball, basketball, football, hockey and soccer has an out gay male player under contract.

At least 36 out LGBTQ Paralympians are competing in Tokyo, by far a record

Three dozen out LGBTQ Paralympians are headed to Tokyo, triple the number in Rio.