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LGBTQ Star Athletes In Low-Profile Sports

While high profile coming out stories in sport tend to monopolize the attention of the media, there are several LGBTQ Star Athletes that deserve recognition, including some true trail blazers!


In partnership with, OUTSPORT TORONTO presents the biographies of six LGBTQ star athletes who have made history in sports which are relatively low profile (in terms of public exposure).


Each athlete has made a remarkable and historical contribution to both their sports and the LGBTQ community. They each have fascinating stories that should be better known.


Simply click on their names to access their complete biographies at, including video links where they discuss their background as LGBTQ.


Michelle Dumaresq, Canada - First transgender downhill mountain biker who forced the cycling governing body to change its rules regarding participation in the sport.







Belle Brockhoff, Australia - Top 10 ranked snowboarder in the world, and public activist for LGBTQ rights in Sochi Olympics. 


Michael dos Santos, Brazil - First professional volleyball player to come out. Famously subject to fan taunts in 2011, which made headlines around the world.







Andrew Goldstein, United States - First openly gay professional lacrosse player. Inaugural member into the Lesbian & Gay Sports Hall of Fame.  




Scott NortonScott NortonScott Norton, United States - First openly gay professional bowler and PBA Champion (2012, 2013), having the first same-sex kiss broadcast on television sports network ESPN.







Elissa Steamer, United States - First professional woman skateboarder and considered a pioneer, in the sport.