Owning The Middle

By Kate Fagan, ESPN The Magazine

Brittney Griner wears bow ties, dates women and dunks with abandon. Call her names if you like -- she is done hiding from haters.

Coaches Need to Be Public Allies of LGBT Athletes

By Anna Aagenes, Outsports.com

The Brittney Griner story shows that coaches should know that playing by the old playbook can only work for so long.

Soccer Star Robbie Rogers: Out, Proud and Now Un-Retired!

By Dave Zirin, The Nation

One of the most depressing sports stories of the last year became one of the most inspiring when Robbie Rogers announced that he would be signing with Major League Soccers Los Angeles Galaxy.

Robbie Rogers Makes History

By Jim Buzinski, Outsports.com

Robbie Rogers Makes History After Playing As Openly Gay Man For Los Angeles Galaxy.

Rogers coming back as first openly gay player in MLS

By Mike Foss & Erik Brady, USA TODAY Sports

Robbie Rogers, who announced he is gay and retired from the MLS earlier in the year, is returning as a member of the Los Angeles Galaxy.

Fallon Fox Comes Out as Trans Pro MMA Fighter

By Cyd Zeigler, Outsports.com

Pro MMA fighter talks with Outsports about gay-conversion therapy, her passion for Mixed Martial Arts and her post-coming-out fears.

ESPN the Magazine: Brittney Griner (video)

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Brittney Griner discusses her sexuality, bullying and even has a response for the most creative negative comment she has received on social media.

Young Gay Athletes Helped Pave the Way

By Martha Irvine, Associated Press

Young gay athletes helped pave the way for pros like Jason Collins to come out.

9 LGBT Athletes of Color Who Paved the Way for Jason Collins

By Jamilah King

A list of athletes of color such as Brittney Griner, Orlando Cruz, Josh Dixon, John Amaechi and Seimone Augustus who helped pave the way for Jason Collins to come out.

Jason Collins: The Substance of Change

By Dave Zirin, Edge of Sports

Sports writer Dave Zirin reflects on the news of NBAs Jason Collin coming out.

I'm a 34-year-old NBA center. I'm Black. And I'm Gay.

By Jason Collins with Franz Lidz, Sports Illustrated

In his own words, Jason Collins tells his story about being a gay man in the NBA.

Griner Says She Is Part of a Mission To Help All Live in Truth

By Brittney Griner, The New York Times

In her own words, Brittney Griner shares her journey to living an open authentic life.

A Sports Executive Leaves the Safety of His Shadow Life

By Dan Berry, The New York Times

Rick Welts, the president of the Phoenix Suns, hopes his coming out can break the silence surrounding homosexuality in men's team sports.

A New Inning, Late in the Game

By Frank Bruni, The New York Times

In February 1996, at the age of 33, Kevin McClatchy became the youngest owner in major league baseball. Recently the former owner opened up his very private personal life and professional sports.

Coming Out in the World of Sports

By Frank Bruni, The New York Times The Opinion Pages

Kevin McClatchy, who spent 11 ½ years as the managing general partner and chief executive officer of the Pittsburgh Pirates, spoke extensively with me at his home in Ligonier, Penn., about why he hid being gay for so long and about the persistent secrecy in professional sports.

Mixed Messages

By Phil Taylor, Sports Illustrated

I don't know you, but I know you are out there. Maybe you are a 14-year-old point guard in rural Texas, or a 15-year-old goalkeeper in a wealthy Philadelphia suburb, or a 16-year-old linebacker in inner-city Detroit. Maybe you are all those people. I don't know who you are or where you are, but I know you are young, you are an athlete and you are gay.

The Transgender Athlete

By Pablo Torre, David Epstein, Sports Illustrated

Playing fields have long been segregated on the basis of sex. But what happens to the athletes whose physiology doesn't match their gender identity? Against whom do they compete? What obstacles do they face? And how are they being treated by sports' governing bodies?

Orlando Cruz a "Proud Gay Man"

By Dan Rafael, ESPN.com

Orlando Cruzs story as an openly gay professional boxer. "I've been fighting for more than 24 years and as I continue my ascendant career, I want to be true to myself," he said. "I have always been and always will be a proud gay man."