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Gay Athletes was originally published on blackamericaweb.com

1. Former WNBA player Sheryl Swoopes

Former WNBA player Sheryl Swoopes

Swoopes announced she was gay in 2005, now she is reportedly engaged to a man. Swoopes is said to identify as bi-sexual. (AP)

2. WNBA player Brittney Griner

WNBA player Brittney Griner

The Phoenix Mercury’s #1 pick in the NBA draft, said she was never in hiding, but she officially confirmed she was a lesbian in April 2013. (AP)

3. Former NBA player John Amaechi

Former NBA player John Amaechi

Former NBA player, John Amaechi, shocked the sports world when he announced he was gay in February 2007, he retired from the NBA in 2003. (AP)

4. Legendary Tennis player Billie Jean King

Legendary Tennis player Billie Jean King

A tennis great, she came out in 1981. (AP)

5. Boxer Orlando Cruz

Boxer Orlando Cruz

Orlando Cruz came out as gay in October 2012. (AP)

6. Former NFL player Kwame Harris

Former NFL player Kwame Harris

Kwame Harris announced he was gay in March 2013, after having legal problems with an ex-boyfriend. He retired from the NFL in 2009. (AP)

7. Former Olympic diver Greg Louganis

Former Olympic diver Greg Louganis

In a 1995 interview with Oprah Winfrey, Louganis spoke publicly for the first time about being gay and HIV-positive. (AP)

8. Former MLB outfielder Glenn Burke

Former MLB outfielder Glenn Burke

The late Glenn Burke, revealed he was gay after his playing career was over. (AP)

9. Former Tennis star Martina Navratalova

Former Tennis star Martina Navratalova

A tennis legend, she announced she was gay in 1981. (AP)

10. Former Soccer player Justin Fashanu

Former Soccer player Justin Fashanu

Fashanu was a professional soccer player in England, Australia, and Canada to name a few. He announced he was gay while still being an active player. (AP)

11. Esera Tuaolo

Esera Tuaolo

Former NFL player, Esera Tuaolo, announced he was gay in 2002 after he retired from the NFL.

12. Megan Rapinoe

Megan Rapinoe

Rapinoe of the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team came out in 2012. (AP)

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