Irish national track champion comes out as gay

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ABOVE: Denis Finnegan, photo via Finnegan’s Instagram.

Another international pro athlete has come out as gay, in a podcast interview dropped by Outsports on Monday.

Denis Finnegan, a 10-time national track-and-field title winner in Ireland, made his revelation on the Five Rings To Rule Them All podcast, telling interviewer Cyd Zeigler that he has been “drifting” toward coming out in recent years even though being gay is only a small part of who he is “as a person, and an even smaller part as an athlete,” in order to help other LGBTQ people in sports feel less alone.

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49ers’ Sowers to be first openly LGBTQ coach in Super Bowl history

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ABOVE: San Francisco 49ers assistant coach Katie Sowers, image via YouTube.

Every Super Bowl is historic, but next month’s Super Bowl LIV in Miami will be a special landmark for LGBTQ sports fans.

Offensive assistant coach Katie Sowers of the San Francisco 49ers has already made headlines by becoming the first openly gay coach in NFL history, in an interview with Outsports when she joined the team in 2017. With the team’s win against the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship Game, she became not only the first openly LGBTQ coach to reach the Super Bowl, but the first female coach as well.

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LGBT duo makes historic debut in U.S. Figure Skating Championship

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Ice dancers Karina Manta and Joseph Johnson made history as the first LGBT duo to compete in the U.S. Figure Skating Championship which took place in Detroit over the weekend.

The duo skated to “Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)” earning 104.81 points and finishing in seventh place overall.

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Openly gay Florida State diver Aidan Faminoff named ACC Diver of the Week

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Aidan Faminoff, an openly gay competitive diver at Florida State University, received the ACC Diver of the Week award Oct. 8.

This is Faminoff’s first Diver of the Week honor of his career, following his first springboard victory in the one-meter against Georgia Tech on Oct. 6. Faminoff also placed fourth against Pittsburgh.

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Tadd Fujikawa becomes first male pro golfer to come out as gay

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Professional golfer Tadd Fujikawa has come out as gay making him the first out gay male professional golfer.

Fujikawa, 27, made the announcement on Instagram in honor of World Suicide Prevention Day.

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Air Force DB is first openly gay service academy player

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) | An Air Force defensive back is the first openly gay football player to play for a military academy.

The Gazette reports that sophomore Bradley Kim announced his sexual orientation on Friday to teammates, on social media and in an article in OutSports.

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Ex-Patriots player Ryan O’Callaghan comes out as gay

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Former Patriots offensive lineman Ryan O’Callaghan has come out as gay and opened up about his drug addiction and suicidal thoughts as a result of hiding his sexuality.

In an interview with Outsports, O’Callaghan explained he knew he was gay since junior high school. O’Callaghan, 33, says growing up around homophobic language scared him from telling the truth about his sexuality.

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Long time MLB umpire comes out

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Major League umpire Dale Scott has worked three World Series, three All-Star Games, two no-hitters and numerous playoff games. He is also gay and married to his partner of 28 years.

That last fact is just part of who Dale Scott is and has had no impact on his abilities as an umpire for the past 29 seasons. Yet it is understandably the one that most people will notice, because Scott is the first Major League Baseball umpire to publicly say he is gay while active (and the first out active male official in the NBA, NHL, NFL or MLB). This story you are reading now came about because Scott made a decision to first come out in a very quiet and understated way.

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