LGBT Athletes: 27 Players Who Have Come Out Of The Closet

LOOK: 27 Inspiring Athletes Who Have Come Out Of The Closet

Jason Collins, a free agent who played with the Boston Celtics and the Washington Wizards during the National Basketball Association's 2012-13 season, made history on April 29 when he became the first male professional athlete currently playing in the United States to announce he's gay.

Though this is a monumental event for the sports and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities, many other athletes have come out of the closet in the past.

In the slideshow below, check out 27 other athletes who have helped bring more attention to LGBT issues in sports by being open and honest about who they are.

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