We now live in a time where athletes are not as scared to come out. Some even feel it is part of their duty to help younger LGBT athletes realize they can dream big and have role models to look up to.
Whether these lesbian athletes are stars in the realms of soccer, basketball, or tennis, their personal stories and advocacy for gay rights make them inspirations for sports fans all over the world. Some notable openly gay female athletes have competed in the Olympics and other talented lesbian athletes are World Cup champions. A few of the most famous lesbian athletes were pioneers in the LGBTQ movement.
So here is a list of some famous lesbian athletes we should be proud of:
Caroline Ouellette and Julie Chu
Unless you live on another planet (or in a place where the temperature isn’t freaking cold during winter!), you already know there is nothing quite like the rivalry between USA and Canada in women’s hockey. For more than 20 years, their struggle against one another has inspired many of us.
But love can be in the air anywhere, even in the middle of a fierce, high-stakes hockey rivalry. For Caroline Ouellette and Julie Chu, hockey has been an integral part of their story — they were once the captains of Team Canada and Team U.S.A, respectively. Both even wore the same jersey number: 13.
But, somewhere along the line, fiery rivalry gave way to warmed hearts. Ouellette and Chu fell in love. It was in 2005.
The couple announced their daughter’s birth on social media on November 5th, 2017. This is basically world peace, right?
Elena Delle Donne
As if playing in the Olympics wasn’t exciting enough, WNBA champ Elena Delle Donne has come out as gay in a Vogue magazine interview, announcing her engagement to girlfriend Amanda Clifton.
“It was just one of those articles where they came into my home, spent a couple days with me, and [fiancee] Amanda is a huge part of my life,” says Delle Donne, an MVP with the Chicago Sky.
“So to leave her out wouldn’t have made any sense. It’s not a coming out article or anything. I’ve been with her for a very long time now, and people who are close to me know that, and that’s that.”