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Pro Female Athletes Have Been Out For Decades

Jason Collins might be America’s first openly gay major male athlete, but he’s years behind the women. Here’s a timeline of prominent athletes publicly identifying as lesbians.

Note: This timeline includes some of the many female American professional athletes to publicly come out — it is not exhaustive.

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Jessica Testa is a national reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
Contact Jessica Testa at jessica.testa@buzzfeed.com.
Sarah Karlan is the Deputy LGBT Editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
Contact Sarah Karlan at sarah.karlan@buzzfeed.com.
 
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