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College & Professional Athletes Who Are Openly Gay 

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Updated June 14, 2019 171.5k views 205 items

List Rules Only openly LGBT people who are involved in sports should be on this list. No closested or suspected LGBT people

List of openly gay athletes involved in both professional and college sports. This list includes athletes who have "come out" during their active play and athletes who have come out as gay after retirement.

Many of the people on this list probably aren't too familiar since few, if any, are active athletes. In 2013, Jason Collins made history as the first active "Big 4" athlete in American sports to announce he is gay. Before Collins, soccer player Robbie Rogers announced he is homosexual. After taking some time off, Rogers signed with the L.A. Galaxy and currently is on the team's roster. Two of the most famous openly lesbian athletes were two of tennis's best female players of all time: Billie Jean King and Martina Navratilova. Both of these women are among the most recognized tennis players in the game's illustrious history and have done a lot in raising awareness for LGBT athletes. 

Globally, there are a bunch of Olympic athletes on this list. From openly gay soccer players to famous gay sports stars, some of the people on this list aren't households names, but they are definitely making history. Check out this list of all the openly gay athletes in the world.
Graham Ackerman is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list College & Professional Athletes Who Are Openly Gay
Graham Ackerman Age: 35

Birthplace: Seattle, Washington

Graham Samuel Ackerman (born July 14, 1983) is an American gymnast. In April 2005 he won the national championship in the floor exercise event at the 2005 NCAA Men's Gymnastics championship at ...more
Marilyn Agliotti is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list College & Professional Athletes Who Are Openly Gay
Marilyn Agliotti Age: 39

Birthplace: Boksburg, South Africa

Marilyn Agliotti (born 23 June 1979 in Boksburg, South Africa) is a field hockey player from the Netherlands, having previously represented South Africa. After her move to the Netherlands and ...more
Jenny Allard is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list College & Professional Athletes Who Are Openly Gay
Jenny Allard
Jennifer Lynn Allard is a former All-American softball player at the University of Michigan and the current head coach of the Harvard University softball team. Allard played for the Michigan ...more
Kye Allums is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list College & Professional Athletes Who Are Openly Gay
Age: 30
Kye Allums (born October 23, 1989) is a former college basketball player for the George Washington University women's team who in 2010 came out as a trans man, becoming the first openly ...more
John Amaechi is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list College & Professional Athletes Who Are Openly Gay
Age: 48

Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

John Uzoma Ekwugha Amaechi, OBE (; born 26 November 1970) is an English psychologist, consultant and former professional basketball player. He played college basketball at Vanderbilt and Penn ...more
Nadine Angerer is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list College & Professional Athletes Who Are Openly Gay
Age: 40

Birthplace: Lohr a. Main, Germany

Nadine Marejke Angerer (born 10 November 1978) is a retired German footballer who played as a goalkeeper. She played for Frauen-Bundesliga clubs Bayern Munich, Turbine Potsdam (with whom she won ...more
Alyson Annan is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list College & Professional Athletes Who Are Openly Gay
Age: 45

Birthplace: Wentworthville, Australia

Alyson Regina Annan (born 12 June 1973) is an Australian retired field hockey player, who earned a total number of 228 international caps for the Women's National Team, in which she scored 166 ...more
Judith Arndt is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list College & Professional Athletes Who Are Openly Gay
Age: 42

Birthplace: Königs Wusterhausen, Germany

Judith Arndt (born 23 July 1976) is a retired German professional cyclist, who last rode for the GreenEDGE-AIS cycling team. She won the bronze medal in the 3000 m pursuit event at the 1996 ...more
Mianne Bagger is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list College & Professional Athletes Who Are Openly Gay
Mianne Bagger Age: 52

Birthplace: Denmark

Mianne Bagger (born in 25 December 1966) is a professional golfer from Denmark. Bagger moved with her family to Australia in 1979, when she was twelve and started to again play golf fully in ...more
Clare Balding is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list College & Professional Athletes Who Are Openly Gay
Age: 48

Birthplace: Kingsclere, United Kingdom

Clare Victoria Balding (born 29 January 1971) is a broadcaster, journalist and author. She currently presents for BBC Sport, Channel 4, BT Sport and formerly presented the religious programme ...more
Jim Barnett is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list College & Professional Athletes Who Are Openly Gay
Age: 74

Birthplace: Greenville, South Carolina

James Franklin Barnett (born July 7, 1944) is a former professional basketball player. He was the Golden State Warriors television analyst from 1985 to 2019, and is currently the team's radio ...more
Betty Baxter is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list College & Professional Athletes Who Are Openly Gay
Age: 67
Betty Baxter (born 1952) is a Canadian athlete, activist and politician. Baxter is currently a school trustee for the Sunshine Coast District 46 in British Columbia.Baxter was a member of the ...more
Bill Bean is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list College & Professional Athletes Who Are Openly Gay
Age: 54

Birthplace: Santa Ana, California

William Daro Bean (born May 11, 1964) is an American former professional baseball player. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) as an outfielder for the Detroit Tigers (1987–1989), Los ...more
Shelley Beattie is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list College & Professional Athletes Who Are Openly Gay
Dec. at 41 (1967-2008)

Birthplace: Santa Ana, California

Shelley Beattie (August 24, 1967 – February 16, 2008) was a professional female bodybuilder and actress. At the peak of her competitive career as a professional bodybuilder, Beattie reached the ...more
Kajsa Bergqvist is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list College & Professional Athletes Who Are Openly Gay
Kajsa Bergqvist Age: 42

Birthplace: Sollentuna Municipality, Sweden

Kajsa Margareta Bergqvist (Swedish pronunciation: [ˈkajːsa ²bærjkvɪst]; born 12 October 1976 in Sollentuna, Stockholm) is a Swedish former high jumper. She won one bronze medal in the ...more
Thomas Berling is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list College & Professional Athletes Who Are Openly Gay
Thomas Berling Age: 40
Thomas Berling (born 21 January 1979) is a retired Norwegian football defender. His retirement from football sparked media attention. He hails from Drevja. He played for Nardo FK, and joined Lyn ...more
Mark Bingham is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list College & Professional Athletes Who Are Openly Gay
Mark Bingham Dec. at 31 (1970-2001)

Birthplace: Phoenix, Arizona, United States of America

Mark Kendall Bingham (May 22, 1970 – September 11, 2001) was an American public relations executive who founded his own company, the Bingham Group. During the September 11 attacks in 2001, he ...more
John Blankenship is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list College & Professional Athletes Who Are Openly Gay
John Blankenship Age: 71
Sabine Braun is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list College & Professional Athletes Who Are Openly Gay
Age: 53

Birthplace: Essen, Germany

Sabine Braun (born June 19, 1965 in Essen, North Rhine-Westphalia) is a German former athlete in track and field. Because she had talents in several disciplines, Sabine Braun competed in the ...more
Steve Buckley is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list College & Professional Athletes Who Are Openly Gay
Age: 65

Birthplace: Eastwood, United Kingdom

Steve Buckley (born 16 October 1953) is an English former footballer. His brother Alan Buckley and nephew Adam Buckley also played professionally. In 1974, he was snapped up by Luton Town where ...more
Brendan Burke is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list College & Professional Athletes Who Are Openly Gay
Dec. at 22 (1988-2010)

Birthplace: Vancouver, Canada

Brendan Gilmore Burke (December 8, 1988 – February 5, 2010) was an athlete and student manager at Miami University for the RedHawks men's ice hockey team. The youngest son of Brian Burke, former ...more
Glenn Burke is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list College & Professional Athletes Who Are Openly Gay
Dec. at 43 (1952-1995)

Birthplace: Oakland, California

Glenn Lawrence Burke (November 16, 1952 – May 30, 1995) was a Major League Baseball (MLB) player for the Los Angeles Dodgers and Oakland Athletics from 1976 to 1979. He was the first MLB player ...more
Balian Buschbaum is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list College & Professional Athletes Who Are Openly Gay
Ivan Bussens is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list College & Professional Athletes Who Are Openly Gay
Dec. at 47 (1960-2007)
Ivan Bussens (3 June 1960 – 27 August 2007) was a British sportsman who competed at water polo at the Gay Games. He raised the profile of LGBT sport, having co-founded the Out for Sport ...more
Jeffrey Buttle is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list College & Professional Athletes Who Are Openly Gay
Age: 36

Birthplace: Smooth Rock Falls, Canada

Jeffrey "Jeff" Buttle (born September 1, 1982) is a Canadian figure skater and choreographer. He is the 2006 Winter Olympics bronze medalist, the 2008 World champion, the 2002 and 2004 ...more