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Glen Quayle is an out gay pole vaulter in the NCAA and Commonwealth Games

Quayle has found both acceptance and homophobia in South Dakota, competing for Northern State University.

Denied an Olympic chance, transgender sprinter Halba Diouf laments World Athletics ban

After years of training to run for her home country at Paris 2024, Diouf feels marginalized by her sport’s governing body.

Nikki Hiltz just won another race, continuing their great season

The non-binary runner ended a successful week with another win in Iowa.

Nikki Hiltz speaks out loud with a USATF road 1-mile championship win in Iowa

Nikki Hiltz adds another national crown in 2023 and bolsters beleaguered local LGBTQ fans in a state where their rights are under assault.

World Athletics’ new trans and DSD policy says fairness is negotiable for some

New regulations leave trans women out of the female category and the ‘Caster Semenya Rule’ tightened.

World Athletics bans trans women from the female track and field category

The new ban happens to begin on International Transgender Day of Visibility, March 31.

UK Athletics proposes an open category for trans athletes

Officials express concerns about how current national human rights law would affect a rules change

World Athletics proposes tighter regulation on transgender women, will not propose outright ban

Possible new rules would merge trans regulations with the ‘Caster Semenya Rule.’

Ness Murby aims for Paris Paralympics 2024, a proud trans athlete

The transgender Canadian Paralympian says he is finally free to be himself and free to speak out.

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 lesbian Yulimar Rojas wins another triple jump gold at world championships

Rojas, arguably the most dominant individual sport LGBTQ athlete in the world right now, easily won the gold medal in the triple jump on Monday.

Welsh hammer thrower comes out to help inspire other LGBTQ athletes

Osian Jones was dealing with ‘a lot of internalized homophobia’ and was surprised when there was no negative reaction to coming out.

Outsports Female Hero of the Year: Raven Saunders

Raven Saunders has been courageously herself while winning an Olympic silver medal and elevating others.

Raven Saunders has sponsors fully supporting her self-expression

The bold Olympic silver medalist talks about her X on the podium, her died hair and her struggles with mental health.

Annet Negesa had to choose surgery to compete. The IOC now says forcing that choice was wrong

The Ugandan middle distance runner hopes that World Athletics will take a leaf out of the newly released Olympic inclusion playbook.

Sacred Heart track coach comes out after competing in the closet for BYU

Wyatt Warnick came out publicly just days after being hired at Sacred Heart, a Catholic school.

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Gay, Black track athlete had character and resolve tested at University of Washington

‘I think the biggest lesson I learned as a queer athlete was to never be ashamed of who you are and where you come from,’ Devan Kirk writes.

Caster Semenya and others were banned from the Olympics. Now World Athletics says there was a mistake

Semenya and others want answers as World Athletics scrambles to explain a false report that led to Olympic bans.

Ramsey Angela won a surprise silver medal 6 months after ‘coming out’ on Instagram

Ramsey Angela was the anchor leg for the Dutch men’s 4x400-meter team.

Gabriela Debues-Stafford’s hair embraced the LGBTQ community despite Olympic rules

Her rainbow-dyed hair in the 1500-meter was the perfect answer to the Olympic ban on speech and demonstrations.

Erica Bougard focused on winning a heptathlon medal in Tokyo for Team USA

Two years ago her rainbow shoes made an international statement. In Tokyo she wants her times, jumps and throws to do the talking.

Namibian sprinter Christine Mboma turned 400-meter ban into 200-meter medal in Tokyo

Blocked from her best event by the "Caster Semenya Rule," 18-year-old Mboma is now Namibia’s first-ever female Olympic medalist.

Yulimar Rojas wins gold and sets new world record in women’s triple jump

The out Venezuelan champion saved the best for last.

Francine Niyonsaba fought for her right to compete. The Olympics disqualified her in Tokyo

Niyonsaba was first barred from the 800 for natural testosterone. They found a way to remove her from the 5000-meter too.

Raven Saunders channels The Joker during her Tokyo Olympics debut

In her latest brilliant hair and face mask combination, the US shot putter channels her inner Batman arch nemesis while advancing to the Olympic finals.

Canada’s Gabriela DeBues-Stafford boldly pursues her Olympic goal, out and queer

Embracing change while staying consistent could lead this middle distance contender to precious metal in Tokyo.

Raven Saunders came out to her mom in 3rd grade. Now she’s at the Olympics

Raven Saunders will contend for a medal at the Tokyo Olympics as an out and proud athlete.

Namibian Olympic sprinters blunted by World Athletics’ ‘Caster Semenya Rule’

The regulation on naturally occurring testosterone removes two phenoms from the 400-meter, draws a nation’s ire and sparks questions about fairness.

India’s Dutee Chand sprints to second straight Olympics, out and determined

Dutee Chand, the 2019 World University Games 100-meter champ, brings her fighting spirit and improving times to Tokyo.

Bisexual sprinter Sha’Carri Richardson outrageously suspended 1 month after positive marijuana test

Richardson could now miss the Olympics.

CeCé Telfer removed from the USA Track & Field Olympic Trials

Telfer was removed from qualification for the US Olympic Trials.

These gay college athletes went to rival schools. Then they fell in love

Jaide Hinds-Clarke and Amiaya Carey are both marrying their best friend.