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The 108 Athletes, Coaches, and Sports Figures Who Courageously Came Out This Year: LIST

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As we mentioned on our "80 Most Powerful Comings Out of 2014" post earlier this month, this was certainly the year of the athlete - with more than 1/3 of our list coming from the sports world.

But even our list (the largest of any previous year) was just a drop in the 2014 bucket. The team over at Outsports compiled an incredible list of 108 athletes, coaches, officials, and sports administrators who came out publicly this year. Some names on the list overlap with our own, such as NCAA player Derrick Gordon and Australian Bobsled hunk Simon Dunn, but there are dozens more that are no less deserving of the spotlight for courageously coming out this year.  

Outsports has the breakdown by sport:

BunchSwimming - 14
Football - 11
Track & field/Running - 10
Basketball - 9
Soccer - 7
Diving - 4
Tennis - 4
Baseball - 3
Volleyball - 3

Other sports represented: Aussie Rules Football, bobseld, boxing, cheer, fencing, field hockey, figure skating, gymnastics, hockey, hurling, kayak, lacrosse, luge, mixed martial arts, rowing, rugby, skiing, ski jumping, snowboarding, softball, strength, trampoline, triathlon, Ultimate and wrestling.

Broken up by gender, 80 are men and 28 are women.

Check out the full list over at Outsports here.

And if you haven't yet checked out our own list of the big names who came out in 2014, what are you waiting for?

[pictured right: Tristan Bunch, triathlete]


Spanish Television Host Sandra Barneda Comes Out On Air: VIDEO

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Spanish author and television personality Sandra Barneda revealed that she's in a relationship with another woman on one of her shows Wednesday reports On Top MagazineBarneda is a co-host on the Telecinco political show Un Tiempo Nuevo (A New Time) and talk show Hable Con Ellas (Talk With Women), on which gay Spanish actress and Miss Spain 2013 Patricia Yurena has appeared before.

On Wednesday's show Barneda was asked to answer questions posed to beauty pageant contestants. José Corbacho, a Spanish comedian dressed in drag, asked Barneda "If there was a nuclear holocaust, what couple, man and woman, would you choose to preserve and multiply the human species?" Barneda delivered a cheeky answer.

Said Barneda:

"My partner, who is a woman and I won't tell you her name, and the most handsome and fertile guy on Earth."

Barneda is the first Spanish television host to come out, and former Hable Con Ellas guest Patricia Yurena came out earlier this year on Instagram as the first openly gay active national beauty queen.

Watch the Spanish language segment, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Gay Soccer Player Comes Out to West Virginia High School by Dancing with Homecoming King

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Michael Martin, an all-state soccer goalie for Musselman High School in rural West Virginia, came out of the closet to his classmates at their homecoming dance by dancing with another guy — his boyfriend Jem — who also happened to be the Homecoming King from another school. Two weeks earlier they had done the same thing at Jem's school.

Martin writes about it at Outsports:

My homecoming dance at Musselman -- two weeks after the dance at Jem's school -- was the big moment I revealed being gay to my school. Jem was the date of girl at Musselman and her outside guest for the dance, while I went "alone." The girl knew Jem and I were together. I was on the homecoming court, which was a big honor and something I never thought would happen. Only some people knew about me before the homecoming, so it was a shocker for some seeing me dance with another guy.

Jem and I danced all night to the most popular pop songs. But it was the slow dance that I most remember that night at the school cafeteria -- "Remember When" by Alan Jackson. It was the best night ever. Jem and I got asked a lot if we were together and we said yes. "That is so cute!" some girls said. It made us felt accepted.

Word quickly spread and the following week I sensed that some guys were looking at me differently. My friends even told me people were talking about me in a negative way in different classes. "He is a faggot now," I was told some people said. My friends courageously stood up for me and I am so proud to call them my friends.

Martin also writes about coming out to his best friend, life in rural West Virginia, the general atmosphere at his school for LGBT students, and how his soccer team reacted when he told them.

Teammates were curious and I got a lot of questions. I also got teased by my teammates closest to me making jokes or saying sexual things, but I know they were just kidding. Actually, their joking told me they were OK with things. I also knew that even if someone did say something negative that a lot of my teammates would have my back. Recently I was named captain for the Musselman swim team. They all know about my sexuality and gratefully are accepting.

Martin says he was inspired by L.A. Galaxy star Robbie Rogers ("He gave me hope and confidence to be true to myself. Once he came out I started to contemplate doing the same myself and being proud of who I am."). He graduates this spring.


National Champion Swimmer Tom Luchsinger Comes Out as Gay: 'I Have Come to Accept Who I Am' - VIDEO

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Tom Luchsinger, who in 2013 won the 200m butterfly at the World Aquatics Championship in Barcelona, has come out as gay in a deeply emotional letter published over at Outsports.

Writes Luchsinger:

For as long as I can remember I tried to repress my feelings through athletics. I tried to hide who I was through medals and accomplishments. I tried to pray away my sexuality. I tried to shower it off. Nothing ever worked. After years of stress, hate, and disgust toward myself, I have come to accept who I am. I am a proud gay man living my life the best way I know how, surrounded by people who love and support me!

LuchsingerFor years, my sexuality was the quality I was most ashamed of about myself. But now it seems that being gay is one of the characteristics I'm most proud of. I have accomplishments linked to my name that most heterosexual men will never have. I've overcome the fear of being rejected from the people I love the most.

My friendships have gotten stronger because of my self acceptance. My smile is a lot more genuine and surfaces much more frequently. I laugh a lot more. My body has time to recover from a workout because I'm actually an easy-going person. I have found qualities-both physical and emotional-that I like about myself - though that's still a work in progress. My number of good days far out number my bad days.

I'm still the same person I have always been, just a hell of a lot better at it.

Read Luchsinger's full letter here.

And check out his impressive 2013 championship win AFTER THE JUMP...

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Model Featured on 'Ex Gay' Virginia Billboard Is Neither 'Ex-Gay' Nor a Twin: VIDEO

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Richmond, Virginia's new "Nobody Is Born Gay' sign from 'ex-gay' activist group Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays (PFOX) has drawn the ire of the model featured on the billboard, who says he's quite happy being gay and not actually a twin like the sign would have people believe. 

Richmond's WWBT reports:

RouxSpeaking via Skype, Kyle Roux said he was shocked his image was used. Especially since he calls himself an "out and proud" gay man. 

"I was obviously quite shocked, so that why I decided to send you guys an email saying hey, I'm that guy in that billboard," Roux said.

Roux hasn't thought about that photo shoot in nearly a decade. He says the pictures used on the billboard were part of a stock photo shoot he did. Roux signed away the rights and was told the pictures would be used in commercial and corporate ads and brochures. [...]

"It's actually quite a big thing that there is this kind of discrimination and borderline hate speech going on, you know," he said.

Roux says he's worried about teens struggling with their sexuality, and he hopes to empower others. 

DoyleChristian Doyle, a self-professed 'ex-gay' and former board member of PFOX also chimed in on the story, saying Roux is irrelevant to what the billboard is trying to accomplish.

"The issue isn't the photo on a the billboard, but the actual science." 

And by "actual science" Doyle presumably means "thoroughly discredited, pseudo-scientific soul poison"

Watch a segment of Roux's interview with WWBT, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Michele Bachmann's 'Ex-Gay' Client Comes Out As Gay: 'In the End, My Sexuality is a Beautiful Gift from God'

The bad news keeps on coming for the ailing, harmful “ex-gay” movement.  

SchizzelFollowing a number of recent high profile announcements from former “ex-gay” activists attacking “conversion therapy” and a ban on the practice in Washington, D.C., Religion News Service is carrying an interview with “conversion therapy” survivor Christian Schizzel who lays bare his experiences with Janet Boynes Ministries and GOP nuts Michele and Marcus Bachmann’s “counselling” services.

Christian “spent seven years being trotted around the country on media outlets as a poster boy for the ex-gay movement. Now, after reclaiming his gay identity, Christian says he won’t be a weapon anymore.”

To those still promoting the use of a harmful, hateful practice, Christian has this to say:

“I hope they realize this path leads to a horrid dead end. It’s harmful and excruciatingly painful. There’s no academic or spiritual basis for its promotion.

"I wouldn’t wish this upon anyone, not even the ones who harmed me the most in this life.

"In the end, my sexuality is a beautiful gift from God,  and every day, I have found, I have to make a choice to honor it in the straight man’s world.”

Read the full interview here

Previously, "Dan Savage: Marcus Bachmann Is a 'Tormented Closet Case'" [tlrd]


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