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These 5 athletes came out as LGBTQ+ in 2024 (so far)

These 5 athletes came out as LGBTQ+ in 2024 (so far)

Sean Gunn; Colin Grafton; Bulk Bronson
Instagram (@seangunnnn; @colin_grafton); X (@bearbronsonBC)

Even more queer representation in the world of sports!

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Even more LGBTQ+ rep in sports!

Sean Gunn; Colin Grafton; Bulk Bronson

(L-R) Sean Gunn; Colin Grafton; Bulk Bronson

Instagram (@seangunnnn; @colin_grafton); X (@bearbronsonBC)

Even in 2024, the decision for a professional athlete to come out can be a tough one. There are still many sports leagues, teams, and fandoms that aren't very accepting of queer and/or trans athletes — prompting them to hide in the closet for as long as possible in fear of hurting their careers, losing sponsors, or having to retire earlier than they would've liked.

We've fortunately been getting more and more examples of queer athletes coming out in recent years. As a result, their courageous stories incentivize other up-and-upcoming athletes to follow suit whenever they feel ready and willing to share their own experiences. And when they do, we are always ready to embrace them as part of our community!

In a year that includes the 2024 Paris Olympic Games, this feels like an even more special period of time to celebrate queer athletes who have come out and are living as their most authentic selves.

Scroll through to learn more about the athletes who have come out as LGBTQ+ in 2024 (so far)!

Colin Grafton

Colin Grafton

Instagram (@colin_grafton)

Colin Grafton, who used to compete as a professional figure skater and went to join the cast of Dancing on Ice, came out to the public in February of 2024. Though he had already come out to his close friends a few years earlier, the athlete was only able to take this step at 32 years of age.

"It's been a long journey but now I am proud of myself," he told PinkNews. "I'm proud of my sexual orientation and I want to let other people know that they should be proud of every part of themselves, too."

Sean Gunn

Sean Gunn

Instagram (@seangunnnn)

A professional athlete who swam for Zimbabwe at the 2016 Rio Olympics, Sean Gunn came out as gay in March of 2024.

"I honestly don't think anything really changed at all," Gunn told Outsports in an interview. "If anything, friendships just became better. I think, in my head, I built it up for so long… and I was terrified that the way they acted or treated me would be different. But I was really lucky that everyone was so amazing and wanted me to be the happiest version of myself."

Tim Brewster & Kyle Friend

Kyle Friend and Tim Brewster

(L-R) Kyle Friend and Tim Brewster

Instagram (@kylefriend10)

Talk about a two-for-one! In March 2024, Tim Brewster and Kyle Friend shared how their partnership as a pro beach volleyball duo evolved into a romantic relationship between them. While it was understood that their immediate family, friends, and peers already knew about the couple, it was only this year that they revealed this information to fans.

"Seeing an example of someone who is out and confident and able to do volleyball, I'd never been around that," Brewster told Volleyball Magazine. "To see somebody like that helped me through a lot of these internal struggles I was having."

Bulk Bronson

Bulk Bronson

X (@bearbronsonBC)

Pro wrestler "Dirty Bulk" Bronson came out as bisexual in June of 2024 to kick off Pride Month on the right foot. The All Elite Wrestling (AEW) star wrote in a series of X posts:

"The last 24 hours have just been so overwhelming ever since openly admitting that I am bisexual. I've been left speechless by the endless phone calls, texts, DMs, replies from faithful fans, my close friends, our scumbag, and so many others I've had new interactions with."

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Bernardo Sim experiences and explains queer multiverses. Born in Brazil, he currently lives in South Florida.

Bernardo Sim experiences and explains queer multiverses. Born in Brazil, he currently lives in South Florida.