LGBT Athletes Who Have Come Out as Gay After Retirement  

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This list contains information about retired gay athletes, loosely ranked by fame and popularity. Several famous football, baseball and basketball players have come out as gay after they retired from professional sports. Some of these famous athletes came out on television, while others wrote about their sexuality in their memoirs.

Who is the most famous retired gay athlete? John Amaechi tops our list. John Amaechi played in the NBA from 1995-2003. He came out in 2007 and discussed what it was like being closeted in his book "Man in the Middle." Bill Bean played in the MLB from 1987-1995. He became the second Major League Baseball player who has ever revealed his homosexuality when he came out in 1999.

Several retired football players are also gay. Wade Davis played in the NFL and NFL Europe from 2000-2003. He publicly came out as gay in 2012 and now works as an advocate for gay rights. Kwame Harris played in the NFL from 2003-2008. He publicly came out as gay in 2013. Later that year, he was convicted on misdemeanor counts of domestic violence, assault and battery against his ex-boyfriend, Dimitri Geier.

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John Amaechi is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Athletes Who Have Come Out as Gay After Retirement
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John Amaechi played in the NBA from 1995-2003. He came out in 2007 and discussed what it was like being closeted in his book "Man in the Middle."

Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America, United Kingdom

Position: Power forward, Center

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Jason Ball is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Athletes Who Have Come Out as Gay After Retirement
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Since coming out in 2012, Jason Bell has been campaigning for the Australian Football League to do more to tackle homophobia. see more on Jason Ball

Bill Bean is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Athletes Who Have Come Out as Gay After Retirement
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Bill Bean played in the MLB from 1987-1995. He became the second Major League Baseball player who has ever revealed his homosexuality when he came out in 1999.

Birthplace: Santa Ana, California, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Position: Outfielder

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Glenn Burke is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Athletes Who Have Come Out as Gay After Retirement
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Glenn Burke played in the MLB from 1976-1979. Burke was the first MLB player to come out as gay. He died due to complications with AIDS in 1995.

Birthplace: Oakland, California, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Position: Outfielder

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