30 Gay, Lesbian and Bi Athletes Who Have Come Out in the Past Year
Today, Oct. 11, is National Coming Out Day, a day for LGBT people to stand up and be counted. It’s a perfect time to remind everyone that gay and lesbian athletes are part of the community of people making their voices heard and being proud.
The perception is that few athletes are out, and that this owes to the fact that no active player is out in professional male team sports in North America, to which so much attention is paid. But in reviewing the Outsports archives since last Coming Out Day, I have found 30 male and female athletes who have come out (or were previously out and decided to tell their story publicly). The list is impressive and includes people from football, basketball, boxing, mixed martial arts, wrestling, soccer, rugby, Australian football, gymnastics, skiing, volleyball, ice hockey, field hockey, tennis, and even poker.
Courtesy of: The MALEficent Journal (Photo is of Orlando Cruz, boxer)