LGBTQ+ College & Professional Athletes Who Are Openly Gay  

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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
Graham Ackerman 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 United States Military ...more

Marilyn Agliotti is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list College & Professional Athletes Who Are Openly Gay
Marilyn Agliotti age 39
Marilyn Agliotti is a field hockey player from the Netherlands, having previously represented South Africa. After her move to the Netherlands and award of a Dutch passport, she represents the ...more

Jenny Allard is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list College & Professional Athletes Who Are Openly Gay
Jenny Allard
Jenny 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 Wolverines ...more

Kye Allums is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list College & Professional Athletes Who Are Openly Gay
age 30
Kye Allums is a former college basketball player at George Washington University and a transgender pioneer. He is now a transgender advocate, public speaker, artist, and mentor to LGBT youth. In ...more

John Amaechi is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list College & Professional Athletes Who Are Openly Gay
age 48
John Uzoma Ekwugha Amaechi, OBE is an English retired basketball player who currently works as an educator and broadcaster in Europe and the United States. In February 2007, after his retirement ...more

Nadine Angerer is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list College & Professional Athletes Who Are Openly Gay
age 40
Nadine Marejke Angerer is a German professional football goalkeeper. She currently plays for Portland Thorns FC in the NWSL. She is also the captain of the German national team. On 13 January ...more

Alyson Annan is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list College & Professional Athletes Who Are Openly Gay
age 45
Alyson Regina Annan OAM is a former field hockey player from Australia, who earned a total number of 228 international caps for the Women's National Team, in which she scored 166 goals. Annan ...more

Judith Arndt is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list College & Professional Athletes Who Are Openly Gay
age 42
Judith Arndt is a German professional cyclist for the GreenEDGE-AIS cycling team. She won the bronze medal in the 3000 m pursuit event at the 1996 Summer Olympics when she was 20. In 2004 she ...more

Mianne Bagger is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list College & Professional Athletes Who Are Openly Gay
age 52
Mianne Bagger 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 1998, first as an amateur ...more

Clare Balding is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list College & Professional Athletes Who Are Openly Gay
age 48
Clare Balding is a 2013 Glamour Award winner of the presenter of the year.

Jim Barnett is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list College & Professional Athletes Who Are Openly Gay
age 74
James Franklin Barnett is a former professional basketball player. He is in his 30th season as a television analyst for the Golden State Warriors.

Betty Baxter is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list College & Professional Athletes Who Are Openly Gay
age 67
Betty Baxter is a Canadian athlete, activist and politician. She was a member of the women's national volleyball team at the 1976 Summer Olympics, and was later named the team's head coach in ...more

Bill Bean is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list College & Professional Athletes Who Are Openly Gay
age 54
William Daro "Billy" Bean is an American former professional baseball player. He played in Major League Baseball as an outfielder for the Detroit Tigers, Los Angeles Dodgers, and San ...more

Shelley Beattie is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list College & Professional Athletes Who Are Openly Gay
Dec. at 41 (1967-2008)
Shelley Beattie was a professional female bodybuilder and actress. At the peak of her competitive career as a professional bodybuilder, Beattie reached the top three at the Ms. International and ...more

Kajsa Bergqvist is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list College & Professional Athletes Who Are Openly Gay
age 42
Kajsa Margareta Bergqvist is a Swedish former high jumper. She won one bronze medal in the Olympic Games, one gold and two bronze medals in the World Championships in Athletics and one gold and ...more

Thomas Berling is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list College & Professional Athletes Who Are Openly Gay
Thomas Berling age 40
Thomas Berling 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 ahead of the 1999 ...more

Mark Bingham is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list College & Professional Athletes Who Are Openly Gay
Dec. at 31 (1970-2001)
Mark Kendall Bingham was an American public relations executive who founded his own company, the Bingham Group. During the September 11 attacks in 2001 he was a passenger on board United ...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
Sabine Braun is a German former athlete in track and field. Because she had talents in several disciplines, Sabine Braun competed in the heptathlon and had a number of successes. Her ...more

Steve Buckley is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list College & Professional Athletes Who Are Openly Gay
age 65
Steve Buckley 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 he spent four seasons ...more

Brendan Burke is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list College & Professional Athletes Who Are Openly Gay
Dec. at 22 (1988-2010)
Brendan Gilmore Burke was an athlete and student manager at Miami University for the RedHawks men's ice hockey team. The youngest son of Brian Burke, former general manager of the Toronto Maple ...more

Glenn Burke is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list College & Professional Athletes Who Are Openly Gay
Dec. at 43 (1952-1995)
Glenn Lawrence Burke was a Major League Baseball player for the Los Angeles Dodgers and Oakland Athletics from 1976 to 1979. Burke was the first and only MLB player to come out as gay to ...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 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 organisation representing gay clubs in ...more

Jeffrey Buttle is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list College & Professional Athletes Who Are Openly Gay
age 36
Jeffrey Buttle is a Canadian figure skater. He is the 2006 Winter Olympics bronze medalist, the 2008 World champion, the 2002 and 2004 Four Continents champion and the 2005-2007 Canadian ...more