Sports Speakers From the LGBT Community

As society becomes more accepting of people from the LGBT community, the sports world also has opened up. There are many trailblazing athletes and coaches who have stood up for their rights and the rights of others. Sports speakers from the LGBT community speak about issues like equality and gender equity. They make great presenters for a variety of different groups and organizations looking to promote an inclusive environment.

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Abby Wambach is an American-born professional Soccer player for the Western New York Flash.  After being named to All-American honors as a high school athlete, Abby chose to take her talents to the Un...

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On the outside, Alan Gendreau seemed like any other college athlete when he kicked for Middle Tennessee from 2008-11.  However, Gendreau came out as gay to his Blue Raiders teammates.  His s...

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Ali Krieger is a member of the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team and a defender for the National Women’s Soccer League’s Orlando Pride. Krieger played in all 600 minutes of the 2011 FIFA Women’s World...

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Ashlyn Harris is the goalkeeper for the U.S. women's national soccer game.  She first joined the national team in 2013 and serves as the primary backup for Hope Solo.  Harris was a...

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Billie Jean King has been one of the 20th century’s most influential and respected people. As a former number 1 in the world as a professional tennis player, she won 39 Grand Slams, including 16 women...

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Brian Boitano is a former professional figure skater who represented the United States in various international competitions. Early in his amateur career Boitano won many competitions, including a bro...

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Brittney Griner is a WNBA center who currently plays for the Phoenix Mercury. Throughout her life, Griner was a basketball star due to her immense height, and she was ranked the #1 overall high school...

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WNBA star Diana Taurasi is widely considered to be the best all-around women’s basketball player in the history of the game.  A native of Chino, California, Taurasi fell in love with the game of baske...

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Elena Delle Donne received national recognition as a high schooler as she led her team to 3 straight high school state championships scoring over 2,000 career points and set a national high school rec...

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Gareth Thomas is a retired rugby player. Thomas’ rugby career began when he was a child at Pencoed RFC. His first class career began at Bridgend before he moved to Pontypridd. On May 27, 1995, Thomas...

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Greg Louganis became an American hero when he brought home gold medals from the 1984 and 1988 Olympic Games in diving.  With a background in dance, gymnastics and acrobatics, Louganis became involved...

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Gus Kenworthy made history in 2015 when he became the first openly gay action sports athlete. He is also one of the most talented skiers in the world. Kenworthy has won the AFP World Championship in 2...

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Jason Collins began his NBA career with the New Jersey Nets in 2001 after an All-American career at Stanford University.  In his rookie year with the Nets he played a significant role in the team’s fi...

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Jill Ellis is one of the most successful coaches in the history of American soccer. Ellis oversaw the U.S. women's national soccer team for five years, winning eight major tournaments and only losing...

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LZ Granderson is an American journalist for ESPN and CNN.  His candor about being gay has given him a unique platform in the sports media world.  Granderson is best known for his writing online and in...

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Liz Carmouche is a mixed martial artist and competes in the Bantamweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.  Carmouche’s intensity comes from her background in the United State...

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Megan Rapione is an Olympic gold medalist who plays midfielder for the Seattle Reign FC of the Women’s Soccer League and the United States women’s national soccer team. Rapione spent most of her youth...

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Meghan Duggan is an Olympic medalist in ice hockey. Duggan attended Crushing Academy for high school where she was named the school’s top female athlete for three years in a row as she played ho...

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As the first openly gay athlete drafted into the NFL, Michael Sam has been a role model and trailblazer for inclusion in sports.  Sam was a seventh round pick of the St. Louis Rams and also spent time...

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Seimone Augustus joined the Minnesota Lynx in 2006 as the No. 1 overall pick after an All-American career at Louisiana State University. During her career at LSU she led the Tigers to three consecutiv...

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Sue Bird, named Suzanne Brigit Bird, was born in Long Island in 1980 and grew up to be a professional women’s basketball player. Her earliest memory of basketball was a childhood trip to see the Chica...