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Openly gay athletes

<p>Jason Collins, a veteran center with the Brooklyn Nets, revealed he is gay in a first-person account published in Sports Illustrated, making him the first openly gay player to appear in an NBA game. REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi</p>

Jason Collins, a veteran center with the Brooklyn Nets, revealed he is gay in a first-person account published in Sports Illustrated, making him the first openly gay player to appear in an NBA game. REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi

Jason Collins, a veteran center with the Brooklyn Nets, revealed he is gay in a first-person account published in Sports Illustrated, making him the first openly gay player to appear in an NBA game. REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi

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<p>Figure skater Johnny Weir came out in his January 2011 memoir titled Welcome to My World. 


REUTERS/Lee Jae-Won</p>

Figure skater Johnny Weir came out in his January 2011 memoir titled Welcome to My World. REUTERS/Lee Jae-Won

Figure skater Johnny Weir came out in his January 2011 memoir titled Welcome to My World. REUTERS/Lee Jae-Won

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<p>Former tennis player Billie Jean King. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni</p>

Former tennis player Billie Jean King. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

Former tennis player Billie Jean King. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

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<p>Megan Rapinoe of the U.S. women's soccer team revealed she was gay in an interview with Out magazine shortly before the London Olympics. REUTERS/Nigel Roddis</p>

Megan Rapinoe of the U.S. women's soccer team revealed she was gay in an interview with Out magazine shortly before the London Olympics. REUTERS/Nigel Roddis

Megan Rapinoe of the U.S. women's soccer team revealed she was gay in an interview with Out magazine shortly before the London Olympics. REUTERS/Nigel Roddis

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<p>Former WNBA player Sheryl Swoopes (R) came out as gay in a 2005 interview with ESPN The Magazine. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson</p>

Former WNBA player Sheryl Swoopes (R) came out as gay in a 2005 interview with ESPN The Magazine. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Former WNBA player Sheryl Swoopes (R) came out as gay in a 2005 interview with ESPN The Magazine. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

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<p>American long-distance swimmer Diana Nyad, the first person to swim from Cub to Florida without a shark cage, came out at age 21. REUTERS/Alex Gallardo</p>

American long-distance swimmer Diana Nyad, the first person to swim from Cub to Florida without a shark cage, came out at age 21. REUTERS/Alex Gallardo

American long-distance swimmer Diana Nyad, the first person to swim from Cub to Florida without a shark cage, came out at age 21. REUTERS/Alex Gallardo

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<p>Puerto Rican boxer Orlando Cruz came out as gay in October 2012 while still active professionally. 

REUTERS/Scott Miller</p>

Puerto Rican boxer Orlando Cruz came out as gay in October 2012 while still active professionally. REUTERS/Scott Miller

Puerto Rican boxer Orlando Cruz came out as gay in October 2012 while still active professionally. REUTERS/Scott Miller

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<p>Former San Francisco 49ers offensive lineman Kwame Harris revealed he is gay in a March 2013 interview with CNN. Harris played in the NFL from 2004 to 2009. 

REUTERS/Lou Dematteis</p>

Former San Francisco 49ers offensive lineman Kwame Harris revealed he is gay in a March 2013 interview with CNN. Harris played in the NFL from 2004 to 2009. REUTERS/Lou Dematteis

Former San Francisco 49ers offensive lineman Kwame Harris revealed he is gay in a March 2013 interview with CNN. Harris played in the NFL from 2004 to 2009. REUTERS/Lou Dematteis

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<p>Orlando Magic center John Amaechi became the first former NBA player to come out publicly in his February 2007 memoir Man in the Middle. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni</p>

Orlando Magic center John Amaechi became the first former NBA player to come out publicly in his February 2007 memoir Man in the Middle. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

Orlando Magic center John Amaechi became the first former NBA player to come out publicly in his February 2007 memoir Man in the Middle. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

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<p>Midfielder Robbie Rogers, who played on the U.S. national soccer team, came out as gay in a February 2013 blog entry.  REUTERS/Danny Moloshok</p>

Midfielder Robbie Rogers, who played on the U.S. national soccer team, came out as gay in a February 2013 blog entry. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok

Midfielder Robbie Rogers, who played on the U.S. national soccer team, came out as gay in a February 2013 blog entry. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok

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<p>Tennis player Martina Navratilova came out as gay in 1981.  REUTERS/Lucas Jackson</p>

Tennis player Martina Navratilova came out as gay in 1981. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Tennis player Martina Navratilova came out as gay in 1981. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

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<p>British diver Tom Daley announced he was bisexual in a YouTube video released in December 2013. REUTERS/Neil Hall</p>

British diver Tom Daley announced he was bisexual in a YouTube video released in December 2013. REUTERS/Neil Hall

British diver Tom Daley announced he was bisexual in a YouTube video released in December 2013. REUTERS/Neil Hall

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<p>Number one WNBA draft pick Brittney Griner revealed she is gay in a Sports Illustrated interview in April 2013. REUTERS/Rick Wilking</p>

Number one WNBA draft pick Brittney Griner revealed she is gay in a Sports Illustrated interview in April 2013. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

Number one WNBA draft pick Brittney Griner revealed she is gay in a Sports Illustrated interview in April 2013. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

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<p>Now-retired soccer player David Testo was the first American soccer player to come out as gay in November 2011. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart</p>

Now-retired soccer player David Testo was the first American soccer player to come out as gay in November 2011. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart

Now-retired soccer player David Testo was the first American soccer player to come out as gay in November 2011. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart

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<p>Australian diver Matthew Mitcham came out in a 2008 newspaper profile on Olympic hopefuls. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi</p>

Australian diver Matthew Mitcham came out in a 2008 newspaper profile on Olympic hopefuls. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi

Australian diver Matthew Mitcham came out in a 2008 newspaper profile on Olympic hopefuls. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi

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<p>Boxer Emile Griffith, who died in July 2013, said later in life that he was bisexual. His career was defined by a New York match in 1962, in which he pummeled his opponent Benny Paret after he taunted him with a gay slur. Paret died in hospital 10 days after the fight.  REUTERS/Lucas Jackson</p>

Boxer Emile Griffith, who died in July 2013, said later in life that he was bisexual. His career was defined by a New York match in 1962, in which he pummeled his opponent Benny Paret after he taunted him with a gay slur. Paret died in hospital 10...more

Boxer Emile Griffith, who died in July 2013, said later in life that he was bisexual. His career was defined by a New York match in 1962, in which he pummeled his opponent Benny Paret after he taunted him with a gay slur. Paret died in hospital 10 days after the fight. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

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<p>American figure skater Rudy Galindo came out as gay in a book published in 1996. In 2000, Galindo announced he was HIV positive. REUTERS</p>

American figure skater Rudy Galindo came out as gay in a book published in 1996. In 2000, Galindo announced he was HIV positive. REUTERS

American figure skater Rudy Galindo came out as gay in a book published in 1996. In 2000, Galindo announced he was HIV positive. REUTERS

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<p>College player Will Sheridan came out publicly in 2011 after retiring from basketball. REUTERS/John Gress</p>

College player Will Sheridan came out publicly in 2011 after retiring from basketball. REUTERS/John Gress

College player Will Sheridan came out publicly in 2011 after retiring from basketball. REUTERS/John Gress

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<p>Seimone Augustus is an openly lesbian WNBA player with the Minnesota Lynx. REUTERS/Tami Chappell</p>

Seimone Augustus is an openly lesbian WNBA player with the Minnesota Lynx. REUTERS/Tami Chappell

Seimone Augustus is an openly lesbian WNBA player with the Minnesota Lynx. REUTERS/Tami Chappell

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<p>Retired rugby player Gareth Thomas came out in December 2009, making him the first openly gay professional rugby player. REUTERS/David Gray</p>

Retired rugby player Gareth Thomas came out in December 2009, making him the first openly gay professional rugby player. REUTERS/David Gray

Retired rugby player Gareth Thomas came out in December 2009, making him the first openly gay professional rugby player. REUTERS/David Gray

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<p>Former Canadian Olympic swimmer Mark Tewksbury came out in 1998. REUTERS/Mark Blinch</p>

Former Canadian Olympic swimmer Mark Tewksbury came out in 1998. REUTERS/Mark Blinch

Former Canadian Olympic swimmer Mark Tewksbury came out in 1998. REUTERS/Mark Blinch

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<p>Former Germany midfielder Thomas Hitzlsperger came out in January 2014. REUTERS/Alex Grimm</p>

Former Germany midfielder Thomas Hitzlsperger came out in January 2014. REUTERS/Alex Grimm

Former Germany midfielder Thomas Hitzlsperger came out in January 2014. REUTERS/Alex Grimm

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