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Olympic swimmer Ian Thorpe said he was 16 the first time a reporter asked if he were gay

A decade after coming out, Thorpe opens up about his struggles and what it is to be a gay elite athlete.

Trans swimmer Meghan Cortez-Fields nets podium finish and school records at conference final

The Ramapo College (N.J.) senior ends up 2nd in 100 fly at NJAC championships, but misses an NCAA qualifying mark.

Lia Thomas has filed challenge to World Aquatics’ trans ban, confirms Court of Arbitration for Sport

The trans NCAA Champion seeks to strike down a ban on trans women in elite swimming.

Trans swimmer Meghan Cortez-Fields puts up collegiate school record at weekend invite

Citing Lia Thomas as an inspiration, the Ramapo (N.J.) College senior flew on the water at the Cougar Splash invite.

Halloween hero Michael Gunning on becoming Black Panther, and gay athlete advice

Gunning’s stunning cosplay tribute is one of the best we’ve seen this Halloween. He discusses LGBTQ advocacy, coming out and body image.

Erica Sullivan wears gay Speedo goggles with lesbian Pride flag at Pan Am Games

Olympic silver medalist Sullivan was proudly representing Team USA and Team LGBTQ in the women’s 1500-meter freestyle final at Santiago 2023.

Marathon swimming legend Diana Nyad reverses on trans inclusion in sports

Nyad says ‘all women are negatively affected by the ways transgender women are targeted by discrimination and abuse in sports and elsewhere.’

Zero entries for Swimming World Cup’s ‘open’ category, created for trans athletes

Berlin meet this weekend was set to be the first staging of World Aquatics’ new third ‘open’ category but no entries were received.

New third ‘open’ category to include trans swimmers at Berlin World Cup

After banning most trans women from the female category, World Aquatics is testing a new category.

Nick Albiero, 28-time All-American swimmer, is gay OIympic hopeful

Albiero has been on the US Swimming National Team. He is now talking more about being a gay athlete representing the USA.

For too long, I used booze to dull the pain from coming out

A gay, one-time college swimmer writes about how one beer years ago started her on a long road that finally led to ‘healing and accepting the parts of myself that I drowned in alcohol.’

Iszac Henig swims fast, has fun, and has no regrets in his final season at Yale

In an interview on The Trans Sporter Room, Henig gives a deeper glimpse into his transition in and out of the pool.

Trans swimmer Iszac Henig switches from the women’s to the men’s swimming team at Yale

Henig talks about coming full circle in a New York Times op-ed.

Lia Thomas and Iszac Henig are Outsports 2022 Transgender Athletes of the Year

The Ivy League swimmers were both at the center of one of the biggest stories in all of sport in 2022.

Matthew Mitcham has been inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame

The out Australian diver’s upset gold medal win in the 2008 Summer Games is one of the greatest moments in gay sports history.

Olympic swimmer Soren Dahl has been casually out as gay on social media for a year

Soren Dahl swam in the 2016 Olympics and won two NCAA titles for NC State.

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For gay Ohio State swimmer, pool became his safe space

After Nathan Holty started coming out to teammates in high school and college, he saw his confidence soar and his performances improve.

Gay Jamaican swimmer Michael Gunning reveals online abuse from his home country

Thanks to the bullying he received after coming out, Gunning did not travel back to visit Jamaica for four years.

Lia Thomas nominated for NCAA Woman of the Year, sparking praise and backlash

Lia Thomas is one of 577 nominees for the prestigious award.

Tom Daley lambastes FINA over trans athlete ban

After FINA disqualified trans athletes from competing in events like the Olympics, Daley expresses his fury with diving’s governing body

Olympic swimmer Dan Jervis comes out weeks ahead of the Commonwealth Games

Dan Jervis chose to come out just a month before one of his biggest races of the year.

Trans women banned from elite women’s swimming, including the Olympics

FINA says trans women will not compete in the female category if they’ve experience puberty, will create an ‘open’ category.

Lia Thomas confirms she’s aiming to compete at the 2024 Summer Olympics

Lia Thomas would be only the second out trans woman to compete at an Olympic Games.

Gay Olympian Keith Frostad was harassed, attacked by swimmers in 1992

Frostad is breaking his 30-year silence, coming out publicly and talking about the abuse he endured.

Lia Thomas found success, and also came up short, at NCAAs. The debate rages on.

Lia Thomas won a national title, then had two poorer showings in finals. Everyone is claiming they were vindicated.

Gay director Adam Kalderon tackles homophobia in the swimming world with “The Swimmer”

Based on his life on the Israeli swimming team, Kaldeon’s film explores the pressures of competition and living one’s truth.

6 truths and myths about Lia Thomas, trans athletes and women’s swimming

There is lots of information, and falsehoods, shared about Penn swimmer Lia Thomas.

Iszac Henig 5th, Lia Thomas 8th in 100-free final, two trans All-Americans in women’s swimming

Outsports is tracking trans swimmers Lia Thomas and Iszac Henig at the NCAA Women’s Swimming Championships.

Lia Thomas wins NCAA championship in 500 freestyle

Thomas is the first trans athlete to win an NCAA Division 1 national title.

Let’s lower the temperature this NCAA Championships weekend and let the athletes shine

The conversation can continue after Lia Thomas, Iszac Henig and everyone at the NCAA Swimming Championships get on to the action, please.

How Lia Thomas and Iszac Henig got to NCAA Swimming Championships in Atlanta

For the first NCAA trans student-athletes to reach a Division I championship event, the road was long, twisty and worth it.

Sports Illustrated profiles Lia Thomas with rare interview

Thomas gives personal insight on the last few months headed to Ivy Championships, the NCAAs and beyond.


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