10 game changers who came out and broke ground in sports

Long before Michael Sam, Layshia Clarendon, Adam Rippon, Kye Allums and Gus Kenworthy, here are just a handful of the LGBTQ athletes who paved the way when they came out, broke ground and started making change.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Glenn Burke 

MLB

(Burke is also credited with inventing the "high five.")

 

Billie Jean King

WTA

(She is even more famous for getting women taken seriously into pro tennis and all sports.)

 

Tom Waddell 

Olympic Track & Field

 

Brittney Griner

WNBA

 

Renee Richards

Professional Tennis

(Richards was the first athlete to come out as transgender in any sport)

 

Dave Kopay

NFL

 

John Curry

Olympic Ice Skating


 

Greg Louganis

Olympic Diving

(Louganis will be a panelist in the Q-sponsored Inclusion Panel & Party in Atlanta on Jan. 29)

 

Martina Navratilova

WTA

 

Jason Collins

NBA

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