LGBT sportspeople from the United States

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  1. Johnny Mathis

    Johnny Mathis


    John Royce "Johnny" Mathis (born September 30, 1935) is an American singer of popular music. Starting his career with singles of standard music, he became highly popular as an album artist, with several dozen of his albums achieving gold or platinum status and 73 making the Billboard charts to date. Johnny Mathis has sold well over 350 million records worldwide, although according to Guinness Book of World Records writer and charts music historian Paul Gambacini and some other sources it might even be more than 350 million units sold. This makes Mathis the third biggest selling artist of the 20th century.

  2. Caitlyn Jenner

    Caitlyn Jenner


    Caitlyn Marie Jenner (born William Bruce Jenner, October 28, 1949), formerly Bruce Jenner, is an American television personality and retired athletic champion. In 1976, Jenner won the gold medal for decathlon at the Montreal Summer Olympics. Since 2007, Jenner has been appearing on E!'s reality television program Keeping Up with the Kardashians and is currently starring in the reality show I Am Cait, which focuses on her gender transition.

  3. Matthew Rush

    Matthew Rush


    Matthew Rush (born on September 22, 1972) is a bi-racial American gay pornographic film actor, magazine model, and a bodybuilder and personal trainer. He has competed at the Gay Games in Amsterdam and Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

  4. Robin Roberts

    Robin Roberts


    Robin René Roberts (born November 23, 1960) is an American television broadcaster. Roberts is the anchor of ABC's Good Morning America.

  5. Chris Kanyon

    Chris Kanyon


    Christopher "Chris" Klucsarits (January 4, 1970 – April 2, 2010) was an American professional wrestler. He was best known for his appearances with the professional wrestling promotions World Championship Wrestling and the World Wrestling Federation from 1995 to 2004 under the ring names Chris Kanyon, Kanyon and Mortis.

  6. Bob Paris

    Bob Paris


    Bob Paris (born Robert Clark Paris on December 14, 1959) is an American-Canadian writer, actor, public speaker, civil rights activist and former professional bodybuilder. Paris was the 1983 NPC American National and IFBB World Bodybuilding Champion, Mr. Universe.

  7. Dot-Marie Jones

    Dot-Marie Jones


    Dorothy-Marie "Dot" Jones (born January 4, 1964) is an American actress and retired athlete who has had multiple roles in television. She attended California State University, Fresno, where she set records for shot put. Jones is also a 15-time world arm wrestling champion. She was a recurring guest star starring in the second season of the musical television series Glee as coach Shannon Beiste (later Sheldon Beiste), and appeared through the show's sixth and final season, when she was promoted to starring status. She was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series in 2011, 2012, and 2013 for her portrayal of Coach Beiste.

  8. Tylene Buck

    Tylene Buck


    Tylene Buck (born March 7, 1972) is an American pornographic actress, model, camgirl, former professional wrestler and valet. She is perhaps best known for her stint in World Championship Wrestling under the ring name Major Gunns. She is bisexual.

  9. Johnny Weir

    Johnny Weir


    John Garvin "Johnny" Weir (born July 2, 1984) is an American figure skater. He is the 2008 World bronze medalist, a two-time Grand Prix Final bronze medalist, the 2001 World Junior Champion, and a three-time U.S. national champion (2004–2006).

  10. Martina Navratilova

    Martina Navratilova


    Martina Navratilova (Czech: Martina Navrátilová born Martina Šubertová October 18, 1956) is a retired Czech and American tennis player and coach. In 2005, Tennis magazine selected her as the greatest female tennis player for the years 1965 through 2005.

  11. Erik Rhodes

    Erik Rhodes


    Erik Rhodes (born James Elliott Naughtin; February 8, 1982 – June 14, 2012) was an openly gay American gay pornographic film actor, under an exclusive contract with Falcon Studios. He played versatile roles in videos and in his private sex life. He was also notable in New York's gay nightlife and social circles; Rhodes used to date fashion designer Marc Jacobs.

  12. Rebekka Armstrong

    Rebekka Armstrong


    Rebekka Lynn Armstrong is an American HIV/AIDs activist and former model and bodybuilder. She was Playboy Playmate of the Month for September 1986. Eight years later, she was the first Playmate to publicly announce that she is HIV-positive.

  13. Keala Kennelly

    Keala Kennelly


    Keala Kennelly (born August 13, 1978) is a professional surfer, surfer DJ, and actress from Kauai, Hawaii. After spending a decade ranked in the top 10 on the ASP World Championship Tour (WCT), Kennelly took a break from the tour in 2007 to explore her passions for acting and music. She is now pursuing careers as a DJ and actress while continuing her surfing career as a Big Wave surfer for Billabong.

  14. Brian Boitano

    Brian Boitano


    Brian Anthony Boitano (born October 22, 1963) is an American figure skater from Sunnyvale, California. He is the 1988 Olympic champion, the 1986 and 1988 World Champion, and the 1985–1988 U.S. National Champion. He turned professional following the 1988 season. He returned to competition in 1993 and competed at the 1994 Winter Olympics, where he placed sixth.

  15. Abby Wambach

    Abby Wambach


    Mary Abigail "Abby" Wambach (born June 2, 1980) is an American soccer player, coach, two-time Olympic gold medalist, and the 2012 FIFA World Player of the Year. Wambach holds the World Record for the most international goals scored by an individual in footballing history. Wambach has played for the United States women's national soccer team since 2001. She played college soccer for the Florida Gators women's soccer team while attending the University of Florida, helped the Gators win their first NCAA Division I Women's Soccer Championship, and was recognized as a three-time All-American. Wambach has played at the professional level for Washington Freedom, magicJack, and the Western New York Flash. Her playing rights are currently held by Seattle Reign FC though she did not play professionally in 2015, in order to prepare for the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup.

  16. David Yost

    David Yost


    David Harold Yost (born January 7, 1969) is an American actor and producer. He is best known for portraying Billy Cranston in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie, and Power Rangers Zeo.

  17. Greg Louganis

    Greg Louganis


    Gregory Efthimios "Greg" Louganis (/lˈɡnɨs/; born January 29, 1960) is an American Olympic diver, LGBT-rights activist and author who won gold medals at the 1984 and 1988 Olympic Games on both the springboard and platform. He is the only male and the second diver in Olympic history to sweep the diving events in consecutive Olympic Games. In 1984, he received the James E. Sullivan Award from the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) as the most outstanding amateur athlete in the United States.

  18. Billie Jean King

    Billie Jean King


    Billie Jean King (née Moffitt; born November 22, 1943) is an American former World No. 1 professional tennis player. King won 39 Grand Slam titles, including 12 singles, 16 women's doubles, and 11 mixed doubles titles. King won the singles title at the inaugural WTA Tour Championships. King often represented the United States in the Federation Cup and the Wightman Cup. She was a member of the victorious United States team in seven Federation Cups and nine Wightman Cups. For three years, King was the United States' captain in the Federation Cup.

  19. Mike Penner

    Mike Penner


    Mike Penner (October 10, 1957 – November 27, 2009) was a sports writer for the Los Angeles Times. Penner self-identified as being "transsexual" in a 2007 column and returned from a vacation writing with the name Christine Daniels, before resuming his self-identification as male and original name in 2008. In 2009 he died by suicide.

  20. Brittney Griner

    Brittney Griner


    Brittney Yevette Griner (born October 18, 1990) is an American professional basketball player currently playing as a women's basketball center with the Phoenix Mercury of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). She played college basketball at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. She was the first NCAA basketball player ever to score 2,000 points and block 500 shots. In 2012, the three-time All-American was named the AP Player of the Year and the Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four.

  21. Yvette Bova

    Yvette Bova


    Yvette Bova (born April 6, 1962) is an American female bodybuilder and pornographic actress.

  22. Emile Griffith

    Emile Griffith


    Emile Alphonse Griffith (February 3, 1938 – July 23, 2013) was a professional boxer from the U.S. Virgin Islands who became a world champion in the welterweight and middleweight classes. His best known contest was a 1962 title match with Benny Paret. At the weigh in, Paret infuriated Griffith by touching his buttocks and calling him a homosexual. Griffith won the bout by knockout; Paret never recovered consciousness and died in the hospital 10 days later.

  23. Sheryl Swoopes

    Sheryl Swoopes


    Sheryl Denise Swoopes (born March 25, 1971) is a retired American professional basketball player and the head coach of the women's basketball team of Loyola University Chicago. She was the first player to be signed in the WNBA when it was created. She has won three Olympic Gold Medals and is a three-time WNBA MVP. Frequently referred to as the "female Michael Jordan", Swoopes is famous for both her offensive and defensive skills. In 2005, she averaged 18.6 points, 85% free throws, 4.3 assists, 2.65 steals and 37.1 minutes playing time per game. In 2011, she was voted in by fans as one of the Top 15 players in WNBA history.

  24. Sunny Lane

    Sunny Lane


    Sunny Lane (born March 2, 1980) is the stage name of an American pornographic actress and nude model.

  25. Darren Young

    Darren Young


    Frederick "Fred" Douglas Rosser III (born November 2, 1983), better known by his ring name Darren Young, is an American professional wrestler signed to WWE where he currently is one half of The Prime Time Players with Titus O'Neil. They are former WWE Tag Team Champions.

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