Famous Gay Athletes To Know

Being gay is something that wasn’t socially acceptable and is still frowned upon by people around the world.

While¬†considerable changes have been made to legislation and education, it’s important to know some of the most famous gay individuals. Here are athletes who have come out about their sexual orientation and have been activists for the LGBTQ community.

1) Jason Collins

He was the trailblazer when it came to gay athletes in the four major North American sports.

Before him, not a single professional athlete in the MLB, NBA, NHL, or NFL had decided to come out about his sexual orientation. With Jason Collins, this hurdle was removed, and he was openly declared as being gay. He felt it was time to set the trend and make sure players who were “in the closet” could get out and play without fear.

He had hoped someone else did it before him, but when the time came, he felt it was time to put the word out about his sexual orientation.

2) Martina Navratilova (Tennis)

She is well-regarded as being one of the finest women tennis players to have graced the planet.

Her skill alone made her famous, but her stature grew as she came out as a gay athlete. Martina Navratilova is heralded for the work she has done on the court and continues to help others who are in her position. She came out during the 1981 season and played a lengthy career before retiring.

3) Sheryl Swoopes

She’s one of the most famous basketball players of all time. In fact, she is called the female version of Michael Jordan when it came to her talent level.

Sherly Swoopes came out in 2005 and had a period where she was married to a man in the 90s. She has a son named Michael Jordan (named after her favorite NBA player) from the marriage.

She has supported the gay community and helped spread the word over the past decade. You can check out a video of some of her best highlights below.

4) David Denson (MLB)

David Denson is the first openly gay athlete in the MLB.

While he is a retired baseball player at the age of 22 due to pursuing other dreams, he has gone on to become a recognized professional in the gay community. He was able to break the barrier that was in place and spent time in the Brewer’s farm system working on his craft as a baseball player.

5 Celebrities You’d Never Guess Were Gay or Bisexual

Despite all the revolutions the world has seen in our perspectives on sexualities, the news that a celebrity has openly announced being gay or bisexual can still come as quite a surprise. The LGBT community has done much to de-stigmatize sexual diversity but it can still be difficult to face your family and friends and even more so the entire globe.

So, here’s a toast to all those brave fellows in the lime light who have stepped forth and been counted with their LGBT community.

1. Michelle Rodriguez

The star of Fast and Furious series came out as an open bisexual a few years ago, in an important interview with the Entertainment Weekly periodical. According to Michele, she has experience on both sides of the sexuality street and basically does what she pleases. “I’m just too curious to not try what I can and want! Guys are intriguing, but then again, so are girls!”

2. Rupert Everett

Rupert Everett has entertained us with classy humor and a distinguished presence in films such as “Shrek”, “My Best Friend’s Wedding” and many others. For many years, Rupert struggled with his desire to be open about his sexual inclination and the concerns over the reception he would get from friends and family, more’s the pity. He has advised other gay actors to keep their sexuality to themselves as straight men get better roles.

3. Alan Cumming

The star of “X-Men” and “The Good Wife” was very clean about his orientation when he discussed the matter on the Larry King Now show. According to Alan Cumming his sexual curiosity has led him to both male and female relations. “I actually had a boyfriend before I was married, but I’ve always felt kind of bisexual.”

4. Jillian Michaels

The coach on the popular TV show” The Greatest Loser”, Jillian Michaels, surprised many people when she spoke about her sexual inclination during an exclusive interview with ‘Lady’s Home Journal”. She alluded to her love life as a healthy aspect of her lifestyle, much like her choice of diet. “I believe that a relationship should be healthy. As long as there’s love it is all right. Just like healthy eating, as long as the nutrition is wholesome and beneficial, it’s good eating.”

5. Clive Davis

He may be 80 years old, but the musical magnate that brought Whitney Houston to fame has recently been open about his sexuality in his latest production “A Soundtrack to My Life”