Openly Gay Athletes and the Struggle for Tolerance

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  • Michael Sam
  • Jason Collins
  • Brittney Griner
  • John Amaechi
  • Greg Louganis
  • Brendon Ayanbadejo
  • Chris Kluwe
  • Jim Mora
  • Sheryl Swoopes
  • Seimone Augustus
  • Orlando Cruz
  • Esera Tuaolo

Michael Sam

All-American defensive lineman from the University of Missouri Michael Sam announced Sunday that he is gay and may become the first openly gay player drafted to the NFL. Sam's "openness" about his sexuality comes after NBA veteran Jason Collins became first active openly gay player in major U.S. sports. Keep reading to learn about other athletes who have come out publicly or who have spoken out for tolerance. — Britt Middleton and Dominique Zonyéé (@DominiqueZonyee)
 

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