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College & Professional Athletes Who Are Openly Gay

Updated June 14, 2019 173.2k views205 items

List RulesOnly 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

    Graham Ackerman

    Age: 37

    BirthplaceSeattle, Washington

    Graham Samuel Ackerman (born July 14, 1983) is an American gymnast. In April 2005 he won the... more on Wikipedia
  • Marilyn Agliotti

    Marilyn Agliotti

    Age: 41

    BirthplaceBoksburg, South Africa

    Marilyn Agliotti (born 23 June 1979 in Boksburg, South Africa) is a field hockey player from... more on Wikipedia
  • Jenny Allard

    Jenny Allard

    Jennifer Lynn Allard is a former All-American softball player at the University of Michigan... more on Wikipedia
  • Kye Allums

    Kye Allums

    Age: 31
    Kye Allums (born October 23, 1989) is a former college basketball player for the George... more on Wikipedia
  • John Amaechi

    BirthplaceBoston, Massachusetts, United States of America

    John Uzoma Ekwugha Amaechi, OBE (; born 26 November 1970) is an English psychologist,... more on Wikipedia
  • Nadine Angerer

    BirthplaceLohr a. Main, Germany

    Nadine Marejke Angerer (born 10 November 1978) is a retired German footballer who played as a... more on Wikipedia
  • Alyson Annan

    BirthplaceWentworthville, Australia

    Alyson Regina Annan (born 12 June 1973) is an Australian retired field hockey player, who... more on Wikipedia
  • Judith Arndt

    BirthplaceKönigs Wusterhausen, Germany

    Judith Arndt (born 23 July 1976) is a retired German professional cyclist, who last rode for... more on Wikipedia
  • Mianne Bagger

    Mianne Bagger

    Age: 53


    Mianne Bagger (born in 25 December 1966) is a professional golfer from Denmark. Bagger moved... more on Wikipedia
  • Clare Balding

    BirthplaceKingsclere, United Kingdom

    Clare Victoria Balding (born 29 January 1971) is a broadcaster, journalist and author. She... more on Wikipedia
  • Jim Barnett

    BirthplaceGreenville, South Carolina

    James Franklin Barnett (born July 7, 1944) is a former professional basketball player. He was... more on Wikipedia
  • Betty Baxter
    Betty Baxter (born 1952) is a Canadian athlete, activist and politician. Baxter is currently a... more on Wikipedia
  • Bill Bean

    Bill Bean

    Age: 56

    BirthplaceSanta Ana, California

    William Daro Bean (born May 11, 1964) is an American former professional baseball player. He... more on Wikipedia
  • Shelley Beattie

    Shelley Beattie

    Dec. at 41 (1967-2008)

    BirthplaceSanta Ana, California

    Shelley Beattie (August 24, 1967 – February 16, 2008) was a professional female bodybuilder... more on Wikipedia
  • Kajsa Bergqvist

    Kajsa Bergqvist

    Age: 43

    BirthplaceSollentuna Municipality, Sweden

    Kajsa Margareta Bergqvist (Swedish pronunciation: [ˈkajːsa ²bærjkvɪst]; born 12 October 1976... more on Wikipedia
  • Thomas Berling

    Age: 41
    Thomas Berling (born 21 January 1979) is a retired Norwegian football defender. His retirement... more on Wikipedia
  • Mark Bingham

    Mark Bingham

    Dec. at 31 (1970-2001)

    BirthplacePhoenix, Arizona, United States of America

    Mark Kendall Bingham (May 22, 1970 – September 11, 2001) was an American public relations... more on Wikipedia
  • John Blankenship

    Age: 72
  • Sabine Braun

    BirthplaceEssen, Germany

    Sabine Braun (born June 19, 1965 in Essen, North Rhine-Westphalia) is a German former athlete... more on Wikipedia
  • Steve Buckley

    BirthplaceEastwood, United Kingdom

    Steve Buckley (born 16 October 1953) is an English former footballer. His brother Alan Buckley... more on Wikipedia
  • Brendan Burke

    Brendan Burke

    Dec. at 22 (1988-2010)

    BirthplaceVancouver, Canada

    Brendan Gilmore Burke (December 8, 1988 – February 5, 2010) was an athlete and student manager... more on Wikipedia
  • Glenn Burke

    Glenn Burke

    Dec. at 43 (1952-1995)

    BirthplaceOakland, California

    Glenn Lawrence Burke (November 16, 1952 – May 30, 1995) was a Major League Baseball (MLB)... more on Wikipedia
  • Balian Buschbaum
  • Ivan Bussens

    Ivan Bussens

    Dec. at 47 (1960-2007)
    Ivan Bussens (3 June 1960 – 27 August 2007) was a British sportsman who competed at water polo... more on Wikipedia
  • Jeffrey Buttle

    BirthplaceSmooth Rock Falls, Canada

    Jeffrey "Jeff" Buttle (born September 1, 1982) is a Canadian figure skater and choreographer.... more on Wikipedia