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Pride on the Pitch! LGBTQ+ Athletes Who’ve Made History: Adam Rippon, Greg Louganis and More

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Paving the way. LGBTQ+ athletes have been breaking down barriers and challenging prejudices for decades, but it wasn’t always easy.Tennis player and LGBTQ+ rights advocate Billie Jean King won the famous “Battle of the Sexes” match against Bobby Riggs in 1973, more than 40 years before same-sex marriage became legal throughout the United States.

During a 2007 interview with The Sunday Times, King said she once feared that acknowledging her sexuality could hurt her career.“I wanted to tell the truth but my parents were homophobic and I was in the closet,” the Women’s Tennis Association founder revealed. “As well as that, I had people tell me that if I talked about what I was going through, it would be the end of the women’s tour.

I couldn’t get a closet deep enough.”In addition to prejudices regarding sexual orientation, gender identity discrimination has also been prevalent throughout sports history.

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