Over the past few decades, several athletes have come out as gay. Many have chosen to use their fame as a way to spread awareness, stop bullying, and encourage their fans that it’s okay to be who you are.
Each of the following 10 athletes has been inspirational to other gay athletes and to kids who may be struggling with their sexuality. Good on you guys and girls!
Ryan O’Callaghan Used Football To Hide His Sexuality
Ryan O’Callaghan used football to hide his homosexuality for years. “Being gay wasn’t just a small detail in my life, it consumed it. It’s all I would think about. But now that I have come out it rarely crosses my mind. Yeah I’d go about my daily life in football, but thinking about hiding it and hoping no one finds out and being ready for any situation was exhausting,” he told Outsports.com.
Orlando Cruz, Role Model
In October 2012, professional featherweight boxer Orlando Cruz came out. At the time, he talked to USA Today about his sexuality. He told the publication that he wanted to be true to himself and he wanted to be a good role model for kids.
“I have and will always be a proud Puerto Rican. I have always been and always will be a proud gay man,” he said.
Gus Kenworthy Tweeted It
Gus Kenworthy came out as gay back in 2015. The Olympic freeskier took to Twitter to let the world know his sexual preferences by simply tweeting, “I am gay.”
Along with the tweet, he included a photo of his recent ESPN cover. On the inside pages, Kenworthy spoke about his decision to come out publicly.
Abby Wambach Simply Got Married
Abby Wambach was the U.S. Women’s soccer team captain and leader, and retired in 2015. Wambach is married to former teammate Sarah Huffman. While she disagrees, the media tried to say that Wambach’s wedding to another woman was her officially “coming out.” Wambach said that she doesn’t feel that any kind of official statement about her sexuality needed to be made.