421 rows · This is a list of notable, openly lesbian, gay, bisexual, pansexual, and transgender . Lesbian Athletes Who Are Gay. Olympic diver Greg Louganis is openly gay. He came out publicly in 1995 on The Oprah Show. And tennis star Billie Jean King was the first female athlete to publicly come out way back in 1981. NBA player Jason Collins came out as gay in an interview with Sports Illustrated magazine in 2013.
Sports. Robbie Rogers, Tom Daley, Michael Sam, Gareth Thomas — these athletes are paving new ground in the world of sports as openly gay, out-and-proud players. At both the collegiate and professional level, sports have historically been the last frontier for LGBT acceptance, and homophobia still runs rampant in locker rooms. Nov 15, 2017 · With the retirement of Robbie Rogers from the Los Angeles Galaxy, there are zero openly gay male athletes in the five largest North American pro team sports Author: Jim Buzinski.
Here are a few gay athletes who have made a difference in sports simply by coming out and being proud to be themselves. Jason Collins. NBA player Jason Collins was drafted by the Houston Rockets in 2001 and played twelve seasons before coming out as gay in a Sports Illustrated cover story. The announcement made him the first active out gay male athlete in one of North America’s Big Four sports leagues. He was still under contract with the Washington Wizards at the time, but became Author: Brian C. Bell.