College & Professional Athletes Who Are Openly Gay

Voting 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.
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  • Graham Ackerman

    Graham Ackerman

    Age: 39
    • 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 the ...more
  • Marilyn Agliotti

    Marilyn Agliotti

    Age: 43
    • 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 award ...more
  • Jenny Allard

    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
    Age: 34
    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 transgender ...more
    • Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, USA
    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 State, ...more
    • 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 the ...more