University of Massachusetts basketball star Derrick Gordon is among the latest athletes to come out. Here’s some background on Gordon and other gay, lesbian and transgender athletes.
Ian Thorpe Ian Thorpe, a five-time Olympic champion from Australia, announced he was gay on July 13, 2014, something he had denied in his 2012 autobiography. “This is only something that very recently — we’re talking in the past two weeks — I’ve been comfortable telling the closest people around me,” he said. The swimmer had sought to avoid the issue when he was younger, but decided: “I don’t want young people to feel the same way that I did. You can grow up, you can be comfortable and you can be gay.” Stephane Mahe/Reuters Buy Photo