The 69 Most Homoerotic Moments in Sports History

Ben Cohen, David Beckham, Michael Phelps are just a few of the famous athletes caught on camera kissing another guy, accidentally grabbing their crotch, or pictured in otherwise unexpected sexual positions, in these funny gay pictures. These gay moments in sports might not reflect the athletes‘ sexual orientations, but they certainly seem homoerotic at first glance.

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Zsolt Petry called immigration a “moral degradation” and called out those who supported rights and protections for the LGBTQ+ community, families, and children.

Major League Soccer promises investigation of the clip.

The two had been debating the recent decision by Major League Baseball, and the Black lesbian activist was having none of Bolling’s “rubbish.”

“Y’all would never see a mistake like that to a franchise player on the men’s side,” Natasha Cloud wrote in a post to Twitter. “DO BETTER.”

He becomes one of the first out riders in the industry.

Rapinoe famously made headlines for squaring off against Donald Trump.

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Athletes Who Are Gay

Thanks to these prominent athletes who are gay, the sports world is becoming more and more accepting of homosexual players. Whether these famous Olympians, tennis greats, and basketball players came out after they retired, or revealed their sexuality during their sports careers, they’ve paved the way for major LGTB sports progress.

Who is the most famous gay athlete? Football star Michael Sam made headlines in 2014 when he became the first openly gay athlete to be drafted into the NFL. But he definitely wasn’t the first homosexual athlete to find success. Olympic diver Greg Louganis is openly gay. He came out publicly in 1995 on The Oprah Show. And tennis star Billie Jean King was the first female athlete to publicly come out way back in 1981.

NBA player Jason Collins came out as gay in an interview with Sports Illustrated magazine in 2013. He was the first active athlete to come out as gay in any of the major American sports. His announcement provoked mixed reactions from his fellow players and the media.

Athletes Who Are Gay

AniGay Editors’ Picks: Sports Anime Is Gay

Welcome to the AniGay Editors’ Picks page, an ever-evolving and totally not comprehensive list of some of our favorite queer anime! We hope you might find this page helpful if you’re on the hunt for new shows to try out. It is by no means intended to be a complete index of queer anime, which as we all know is not mathematically possible to create since the number of queer anime is provably infinite, perhaps uncountable….

So without further ado, here are some of our recommendations. (Many more coming soon!)

AniGay Editors’ Picks: Sports Anime Is Gay

SPORTS ARE GAY

You’re reading a site called “AniGay” so I’m gonna assume that Yuri!!! On Ice needs no introduction, but no list of recommendations could be taken seriously without it. While it’s built on a foundation of classic sports anime set-up, the incredible emotional depth, beautifully rendered skating routines, and narrative brilliance make me want to say things like “transcends its genre” — except that instead I think Yuri!!! On Ice exemplifies and elevates its genre. If you want to know how much the creators poured their hearts into this show, suffice it to say that they concocted an entire plot of the fictional musical to which one of the secondary characters skates. And of course, the show is hugely important for the risks it took to portray the love story between the main characters as text rather than subtext. If you haven’t watched it yet, watch it, and if you have…well, watch it again.~ Rebecca

Since my first anime love was the, uh, other shonen series about a boy with goofy blond bangs cheating at a game by being possessed by an ancient spirit, I had a huge soft spot for Hikaru no Go from the beginning — I love the particular genre trappings, the earnest intensity, the slightly pretentious forays into game theory. It’s comforting and escapist to slip into a world where the worst villains you encounter are salespeople trying to pass off spruce go boards as kaya wood. In many ways it’s a strength of the show how little it tries to subvert your expectations; but at the same time, I was deeply impressed by how seriously and deftly the second half of the show delves into some surprisingly heavy emotional arcs of loss and trauma. In the end it’s a beautifully crafted story that deeply respects its characters. Oh and of course, it is hella gay, centered around one of the most adorable tales of star-crossed elementary school crushes I’ve ever seen.~ Rebecca

Ace of the Diamond (2013, ~126 episodes)QQ: Implicit-metaphorical

If you asked me three years ago whether I’d ever watch an anime about baseball I would’ve laughed in your face. But thanks to a friend firmly recommending a phenomenal fanfic that completely changed my lifeDaiya no Ace. The show is hilarious and features everything about sports anime I love, from every character being endearingly earnest to having realistic stakes tinged with only mild levels of absurdity. The best part of Daiya no Ace, however, is that every time a character faces internal and external adversity, they face those roadblocks with determination and humility and we watch them legitimately grow and mature. Maybe it’s because the protagonist school’s baseball team is a powerhouse (while most sports anime by and large features underdog teams) that our main players have to constantly improve and challenge themselves to be (and remain) on the starting roster. Regardless, it features an all star cast, moments that will leave you in tears from laughing super hard and from being right there in the moment with the teams when they win and lose. Also, since you’re reading this list on AniGay, Daiya no Ace is super fucking gay.~ Rupa

Ping Pong the Animation (2014, 11 episodes)QQ: Implicit-literal

Like with Yuri!!! On Ice, you could make the case that Ping Pong — which arguably (in addition to sharing a director) has more Devilman Crybaby than it does with any of the series on this list — either transcends the sports anime genre, or elevates it. Personally, I’ve never been able to decide which side of that debate I come down on, so I’ll let you judge for yourself. In any case, Ping Pong is the story of Peco and Smile, childhood best friends, fellow outcasts, and table tennis wunderkinds who have grown apart and lost whatever joy it was that originally brought them to ping pong — and whatever mysterious magnetism drew them together. Throughout the show, we also meet a colorful variety of other ping pong prodigies, and their battles with both internal and external demons (always metaphorical, but often depicted in a way that verges on magical realism) culminate in what are some of my favorite emotional climaxes in all of anime. But it’s the relationship between Peco and Smile, in all its ambiguity and tumultuousness, that gives the show its queer heart — not least of all because of the open-ended way in which the series wraps up. Which, incidentally, is probably the most perfect ending I know about.~ Elizabeth

Yowamushi Pedal (2013, ~112 episodes)QQ: Implicit-metaphorical

If you have even a passing interest in anime, chances are you’ve seen screencaps of YowaPeda’s protagonist, Onoda Sakamichi, asking everyone he encounters anime’s most proverbial question: “Do you like anime?” Onoda is dedicated to his ardent love of anime, riding his mamachari 90km (~56mi for Americans) round trip to Akihabara every week, which catches the interest of the cycling club and because *reasons* he becomes the second climber of the Sohoku team. YowaPeda is a sincere anime that does my favorite thing very few sports series endeavor to do — go beyond one year of high school and actually show new teams after the third years leave. Every character is legitimately good and queer as hell and I’m honestly hard pressed to find a single straight character in YowaPeda. And because the show is surprisingly self-aware, they went ahead and labeled their spin-off movie, Yowamushi Pedal: The Movie, as Sport/Romance with the main focus being on everyone’s favorite couple — Makishima and Toudou.~ Rupa

If you try to imagine an anime crafted around the sound that a bowstring makes at the moment of release, you’ll picture Tsurune — gorgeously animated, soft and sentimental, meditative and earnest. The show is fun and soothing to watch from the beginning, but really finds its emotional center in the second half when the focus zooms in on the wistful, largely unrequited crush that one of the boys has harbored toward his best friend. It’s a classic dynamic, but handled with a tremendous amount of nuance and empathy. Tsurune also sits in a fascinating space in the Queerness Quadrants, so delicately balanced between implicit and explicit that I truly don’t know where I think it falls. Highly recommended if you’re in the market for a beautiful show about beautiful people playing a beautiful sport.~ Rebecca

Kuroko no Basuke (2012, 75 episodes)QQ: Implicit-literal

Going into Kuroko no Basuke, I thought I was finally going to have a leg up because I played basketball as a kid (don’t laugh), so I actually know the rules pretty well. Of course, it didn’t take long for me to realize that the rules of real-life basketball are pretty irrelevant to a show whose games are won and lost by the strategic deployment of basketball-only magical powers held by a lucky few high school athletes. Every sports anime relies to some degree on suspension of disbelief where the sports themselves are concerned, but with Kuroko no Basuke, it frequently gets ridiculous — characters aren’t just preternaturally good at basketball, they might also be functionally invisible sometimes, or capable of suddenly doubling their own max speed, or able to predict all possible outcomes of a game in a split second. More importantly, though, is the other way in which Kuroko no Basuke stretches the limits of sports anime ridiculousness: how gay it is. Remember when Yuri!!! On Ice was airing and there was a debate about whether or not exchanging rings was a romantic thing, or just a sports thing? (For the record, in the case of Yuri!!! On Ice, it was a romantic thing.) Well, Kuroko no Basuke had a ring exchange first (above). Was Sayo Yamamoto deliberately poking fun at KnB’s dubiously-hetero-obviously-gay ring exchange in YoI? I mean, you can probably guess my opinion on the subject.~ Elizabeth

Run with the Wind (2018, 23 episodes)QQ: Implicit-literal

I haven’t stopped thinking about Run with the Wind since the show finished airing in March 2019. Normally, I would avoid any show about long distance running, but Run with the Wind managed to dispel my initial skepticism in the most beautiful way possible. The show focuses on two elite runners — Kakeru and Haiji — who are both seeking answers as to why they run, and most specifically the question of “do you love running?” There are three distinct love stories being told — the central implicit (and at times explicit!) romance between Kakeru and Haiji, the slow burn self-love of Kakeru, and the chosen familial bond between the ten members of the Kansei University running team. With a deep set of characters who each get time to breathe with their backstories, growth, and comfort with one another, there is something every queer person can find in Run with the Wind that they can relate to. I was also pleasantly surprised by how well the show handles race and xenophobia in the show — something I rarely see in most anime.~ Rupa

DAYS is a MAPPA anime, which should be all the information you need to confirm that yes, it’s very gay. After all, MAPPA numbers among its illustrious oeuvre such queer-as-hell titles as Kids on the Slope, Bananafish, Sarazanmai, Dororo, Kakegurui, and—of course—Yuri!!! On Ice. DAYS has the dubious honor, however, of having been the anime that MAPPA was working on while YoI was also being made. Which is (I assume) why about halfway through, DAYS’s animation style declines by like several orders of magnitude and the soccer players during many scenes get replaced by what look more like CG models of foosball figures than of actual human people. And look, if I were MAPPA and YoI became the hit that it did, I would also have prioritized it over my other, less-revolutionary sports anime property that was airing at the same time! But don’t make the mistake of sleeping on DAYS just because it gets so easily overshadowed by its more-famous sibling: DAYS made gay sports anime waves in its own right, especially with the charming story of Kazama and Tsukushi (above), who were up to that point the most openly queer sports anime couple I’d ever seen on screen.~ Elizabeth

SPORTS ARE GAY

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The Kings Cross Steelers pose in a new shoot for Meat magazine.

To mark their 20th anniversary as the UK’s first gay rugby team, the Kings Cross Steelers stipped down and posed for a new book to be published by indie ‚zine Meat.

Entitled Meat The Kings Cross Steelers, the book features 29 players from the team’s 200-strong membership. All the players were photographed by Meat’s founder, Adrian Lourie.

Lourie, who started Meat in 2010, said that he was “tired of the body shaming that goes on within the gay community.” His aim is to “celebrate the bodies of ‘ordinary gay men.”

Christopher Kang, 1st XC player of The Kings Cross Steelers, who is featured in Meat, also agrees with Lourie in regards to male body image.

“I see myself as a pretty average looking-dude so I don’t really see myself as a pin-up anything,” Kang said. “So I’m chuffed that I’ve had the good fortune of joining a long line of Meat magazine dudes alongside so many of my fellow Steelers. The Steelers has not only helped pave the way for inclusive rugby teams but also helped hanged perceptions about gay sportsmen.”

Alex Smith, Chairman of the Kings Cross Steelers said: “Despite so much progress over the last 20 years, it can still be very difficult to be an out gay man, made even more so by a lot of unhelpful noise around how to be, act or look within the community. That’s why I’m proud that the Kings Cross Steelers have partnered with Meat to help show that anyone can be a pin-up by simply being yourself.”

He added: “For two decades, our club has helped hundreds of men – big, small, gay or straight – realize the great maxim about rugby: that it is a game for people of all shapes and sizes – truly a sport for everyone.”

If the pictures aren’t enough, be sure to watch the teasers for more of the hunky team’s players:

The Sports That Made You Gay, Ranked

Deep in the heart of Slack, our dear contributor Siobhan asked: “What’s the difference between baseball and softball?” Her curiosity led us to a fruitful discussion about the gendering of sports, which made me realize: Hey! I think basketball made me gay! And I couldn’t help but wonder… do all sports make you gay? Because I value the scientific process, I’ve compiled a ranked list of the 28 sports most likely to be played in one’s youth that will make you grow up to be a big ol’ queer.

According to our most recent Lesbian Stereotypes survey, about 40% of you have played one of these sports at one point in your life, and I’m not a scientist, but that data feels convincing! Are you one of the 40%? Which sport did you play? Are you queer now? See? Proof! I’d also like to shout out the team managers of these sports, because according to staff members Carrie and Jenna, managing a team is even gayer than being on a team. (Also, honorable mention goes out to curling, which according to Kayla is a gay sport.)

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RUGBY!!! If you are binding up to scrum and you’re not putting your hand in an ex’s crotch then are you even playing rugby???

Cold hard facts! When I coached a college women’s team, there was one point when all three of the starting front row were sleeping together. Sometimes one player would show up to practice and another would run off the field in tears. So much baby gay drama!!! (I myself was in a monogamous lock/flyhalf couple all through college).

Last Saturday my teammate had a tinder date with a girl who happened to be in town. She was in town to play against us on Sunday. How have they not made a film based on this? This is gay rom com gold!

I am so down for this movie. Just picture the sweaty, grass-stained post-scrum sex scene…

No netball? I think that’s an American bias in the results. I assure you that all of the Australian lesbians play netball.

I don’t think that is the case when rugby is #2 and I don’t there is a pro league for it in the US?

USA has a men’s pro rugby league. Seattle won the league last year. But it’s not so much that rugby is a popular sport in the US (it’s not really), it’s that it’s a popular sport among queer women. And yeah, women’s rugby is hella queer.

Fellow antipodean here. To netball I would also add womens cricket. My girlfriend’s parents pulled her out of playing cricket in high school after someone told them it would make her gay. By then, the damage was already done.

I am convinced that all female soccer goalies are gay and I keep track of all gay goalies I meet/find in a note on my phone.

Goalie on the girls’ team. Midfielder on the boys’ confirm that I’m bisexual.

The beach volleyball entry — i died :^DBravo to that.

My sports were bball, soccer, track + cross country, and swimming sooooooo, the gayness factor checks out. After reading this, I’m realizing my goals in track were to specifically be able to outrun / be stronger than men. Lol.

The women’s soccer team in hs was pretty gay, I def remember one time after practice when everyone was evaluating how nice each other’s buts were lololol. It was all very polite and complimentary XD

The three sports I played at the BOARDING SCHOOL (pretty gay already) I went to: field hockey, archery, and fencing. I was a varsity fencer in fact. OH and, also my fencing team nick name was Boudica. It was all pretty fucking gay.

I was the Drum Major of my high school marching band, obviously.

When I was in elementary school I had an inexplicable need to play little league soccer. This was the 70’s, in the south, and I have no idea how I even knew what soccer was because we definitely didn’t watch it on TV. My high school didn’t even have a girl’s soccer team. I desperately wanted to play.

In seventh grade, I made the junior high basketball team.

Wow, soccer barely existed in my hometown until maybe late 90s when there was a huge post-NAFTA Latino influx

Went to high school in Asheville NC. Honestly, we barely had a boys soccer team.

12. Field Hockey – I just want to remind you that Emily Fields played this, Spencer Hastings used her stick to beat Allison to death, and Paige McCullers has a penalty named after her. Gaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay.

met my wife playing rugby so… (it was basically tinder before that was a thing…?)

In elementary school I played baseball, soccer, and basketball, then switched to marching band in high school.

I really shouldn’t have been surprised when I finally realized it!

excuse me, misty may and kerri walsh rolling around in the sand after their beach volleyball win in 2004 made me gay and i consider it a personal attack that it’s not in the top five. please amend accordingly.

OMG same! I remember watching those clips online on repeat late into the night

We had to play basketball, volleyball and handball for p.e., but I always loved basketball the most and even signed up to play for a team for a summer with my best friend, who is now also out as bi.

It never occurred to me that it was a queer thing to do, but hey, hardly a day goes by that I don’t find queerness clues in my childhood.

AL THIS IS THE PERFECT POST THE PICTURES THE DESCRIPTIONS AND BASKETBALL AT NUMBER ONE THIS IS ONE OF MY FAVORITE POSTS EVER IN THE ENTIRE WORLD THANK YOU

I started with basketball in 4th grade, played volleyball for years, and was assigned to shot put and discus when I joined middle school track. BUT! The sport that made me figure out for real that I was gay??? Powerlifting. I joined a lesbian (wife!) owned lifting gym in January 2017 and by August was like “WHOA I’m gay.”

Maybe I joined the gym because I already knew deep down? Probably. Were lots of other things happening my life that helped me figure it out? Sure. But I really believe that lifting helped give me the confidence I needed to come out and basically change my entire life.

i honestly just created an autostraddle account after years of lurking to make this exact comment

I think I speak for many when I say thank for creating an account with such an excellent icon. Sorry your sport suffered erasure but not sorry you’re here.

I’m not even American, and I was like WTF? Certainly an actual thing beyond wrestling and marching. Should be up there with field hockey (which I agree was great early training for misandrist me).

I’m not saying that roller derby made me queer (that ship had loooong since sailed by the time I started playing) but I’m also not gonna say it did anything to change my mind about the Important Topics of women’s butts/shoulders/badassery/awesomeness/strength/love/hilarity/did-i-mention-butts-yet?/also-shoulders-omfg-shoulders-omg and How Great They Are.

(And then derby led me right into the warm, tender, loving, muscular arms of powerlifting. And. Well. WELL.)

Roller derby is weirdly paradoxical for me because yes, it’s queer as hell. It also took forever for WFTDA to fully embrace trans women as actual competitors. But now everyone is welcome and you are primarily using your butt to destroy your enemies. I rest my case.

Yeah, standing up for trans women skaters took way, way too damn long. Especially since there’d been so many brilliant trans skaters there for so long like, not giving them the basic necessary protections&dignity to be able to excel without fear was like.. yes. Overdue. So overdue.

The women’s rugby team at my college made a Tinder profile for girls looking for girls

That’s exactly how I found my local women’s football team. At least one of my teammates found them through Tinder too, so it’s definitely a smart strategy.

Can you do the same thing, but with choir voices and orchestra instruments ? like, seriously, when I was playing in an orchestra, we had A LOT of theory about the sexuality of violinist, cellist & co.

(btw I play the trumpet, I’ll let you draw your own conclusion)

Wow I just realized I have strong opinions about this. I played French horn in college and I’m pretty sure everyone else in my section was queer.

Honestly women who plays brass instruments are queer 9 time out of 10.

i mean, I started the trumpet because I was so in love with Alison Balsom

Fellow brass player here, can confirm this statistic.(You might say we’re the “BRASSketball” of musicians… I’ll see myself out.)

bahahahah …. My first instrument was euphonium (a.k.a. baritone horn) because I was big enough to play it in 5th grade. Then switched to trumpet.

OMG I traveled to Japan with our band in college, and the Japanese women in the local bands absolutely DESTROY in the brass sections! They are monstrously good! It’s so, so impressive. I’ll never forget it.

Yup yup yup. TENOR sax-player here, later clarinet. Clarinet is great for developing your playing skills, partly because of the fact there’s way more sheet music around for it (and I loathe shitty arrangements of pop music).

But tenor sax simply affirmed my inner butch. Never got to lay my hands on a baritone one, alas.

So yeah, brass = queer potential, as far as I’m concerned.

In a slightly different branch of music, I’m *highly suspicious* of pipe organ players. Although I’m willing to admit it might be related to my slight librarian fetish, and organists are like the geeks of the classical music world. (Although, frankly, they’re all geeks, in the best way.)

Lol I was the only girl to pick a brass instrument in 5th grade when we started band and I was our district’s gotdamn best trumpeter. Also, queer, but didn’t know it yet.

YES I love this!! My sports journey is HS basketball — college rowing — powerlifting — boxing — crossfit. So great seeing other powerlifters in the comments! Sadly I’m not finding crossfit to be very gay but I still lift & sometimes box & now have queer community outside sports (which I didn’t when I was younger). Also my gf played ice hockey in HS so we are really holding it down in the Gay Sportspeople department. 😀

“According to our most recent Lesbian Stereotypes survey, about 40% of you have played one of these sports at one point in your life, and I’m not a scientist, but that data feels convincing!”

Per 2008 data from the best reliable source I could find quickly*, 69% of U.S. girls play organized and team sports. The full report has a lot more detail (184 pages of it!) but I don’t think our 40% rate has convinced me of anything except the importance of survey sampling procedures and control groups**. 🙂 (Not trying to tear you down, Al(aina), you were clearly just making a lighthearted comment. My data-nerd self just couldn’t resist thinking “huh, I bet Google and I could do at least a half-assed job of evaluating that” and it was all downhill from there.)

* Sabo, D. and Veliz, P. (2008). Go Out and Play: Youth Sports in America. East Meadow, NY: Women’s Sports Foundation. Full report at

** And randomly assigning a representative group of previously-no-sports girls to various sports or to continued-no-sports and following them to see who turns out not-straight so we can really determine whether sports in general or some particular sports make you more likely to ditch straightness. OK if you made it this far thank you for indulging my data-nerdness, I’m going to sit in a corner and whisper limericks about odds ratios and relative risks until the twitching stops. 😉

There is a significant cultural/regional/national bias in this survey of sports that made you gay, or else ice hockey would be ranked waaaaaaaay higher.

Also, just as an anecdote, before I started playing ice hockey at age 9, I did figure skating (ice figure skating, specifically) from ages 4-9, so really, that might have made me gay, and it thus belongs on this list too.

bend it like beckham, a league of their own, and stick it 100% contributed to making me gay

Should have known I was bi when I started doing shot put on my high school track team.

No one can argue with the top of this list, it’s perfect! I would say however that archery is much too low since it’s the favorite pastime of Artemis and she’s the patron Goddess of lesbians. 😉

HOW DID I NOT KNOW ABOUT WATER LILIES THE MOVIE!!!!!!! thank you autostraddle for showing me the closest to my life I’ve seen in a movie.

I’ve been a synchronized swimmer since I was 8 years old and wow yes finally someone acknowledges how GAY it is. I’ve actually had a crush on every girl I’ve ever swum with.

Gay as hell AND full of gender equity movements and discussions at every level of the sport!

I played fútbol and rugby until a busted knee ended all the fun.

PD: field hockey players in my country are hot as hell, never played it, but could definitely make you gay

I didn’t even need to check your profile to know you were from Argentina because, yeah, Leonas.

Pretty sure more than 1/3 of my rugby team wasn’t straight and there were a lot of romances and hooking up. I vaguely remember a team bonding where only like 3 girls were straight

Definitely rugby!! Although I did get into it because I met my first lesbian crush on my college hockey team…so maybe both lol?

While I’m not super heavily invested in sports there were a couple I I was little, I’m talking 4 years old, I started swimming and I loved it. While I was never on a team or anything it was something I stuck with for a long time.I was a cheerleader in 5th high school to get out of P.E. (the coaches really hated me for one reason or another) I took dance. I still dance as a form of exercising.

I played on a club rugby team in college the fall semester of my freshman year. They didn’t require new recruits aka rookies to know anything about it and I just wanted to make friends. The entire team was straight. No joke. I quit after I broke my elbow in practice. The whole experience ten years later makes for such a fun story. Also it appears now that I was the gay one…

Unknown to me at the time, a majority of the members of my high school basketball team were dating each other. One of them was dating our coach (student/teacher trope anyone?). When I came out to her at the age of 21, she said, “I always knew you were a late-bloomer.”

After the survey I did some digging and learned that cabbage ball isn’t just like a Southern thing but like specifically New Orleans-ish thing that has branched out a little to other areas somewhat.

Never played a single game of softball in my life(not even in PE) but played cabbage ball in the summer league until I aged out and still have my team shirt that I accidentally wore to a family portrait with jeans, battered tennis shoes and frizzy half-assed pony tail I did in the car while everyone else was well dressed nice with shiny hair.

And so cabbage ball is in a round about way the sport that made me out or marked me as the queer cousin for posterity. At least on my mom’s side of the family, my dad’s side has a proper lesbian cousin who got kicked out the military (caught dating the base commander’s daughter) and everything.

My rugby lock came out to me while she had her hand on my crotch so idk, that feels pretty gay to me…

Somehow I wound up on the straightest fencing team in connecticut in high school. Most of my teammates were dating older sketchy guys in their twenties, and there was no sexually charged fencing matches. I turned out to be like only one of three queer women on the team the entire fucking time. I didn’t come out until college. I want my money back.

On the other hand, at A-Camp 2015, my cabinmate yelled at me across the s’more making activity that she found someone else who hates connecticut. It turned out to be someone on one of our rival teams who I thought was super cool and hung out with in the locker rooms. We’re fb friends now. It ruled.

I basically did all the sports available to me – volleyball, track/cross country, softball, tennis, basketball, but also bowling.

No one has mentioned it but i feel like being on a bowling league at 13, with your own custom made ball and wrist brace is super gay.

However, despite all these sports, I first thought *maybe* I was gay because I attended every one of my best friend’s soccer games, rain or shine, home and away, just to watch her (thank goddess I drew the line at her traveling team, wouldn’t want to seem too obvious).

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All of you need to cop on to Gaelic football. The 2018 All-Ireland Senior Ladies’ Football Championship just happened and it was absolutely brilliant. Plus, two of the ladies on opposing teams are totally dating.

Omg i totally tried Gaelic football hoping for a new sport and perhaps some queer friends but it was the straightest group of people I have ever been in. They were lovely, but had a social where the activity was making table decorations for one of the three straight weddings that team members were having that summer. Fab sport, distinct lack of gays ime.

Honestly, you’re probably right about that but I’m almost certain that it’s gayer than it presents itself. All I can say is that Catholic guilt is still alive and well!

Regardless, I think Gaelic football is one of the most exciting team sports around and would love it if it became more popular in the states.

Also, Charlotte, NC has a ladies football team and a lot of them are totally gay. Most of them are ex soccer players though. haha

I played baseball on the boys’ team until I was the only girl in the local league. Then I played softball for a season and decided I hated team sports and switched to swimming. Shortly after that I added fencing. Did I mention that throughout all of this I was also an archer? (I have a great photo of me somewhere in boys’ cargo shorts, my older brother’s t-shirt competing in a 4-H archery contest and thanks to this post I’ve eealized that it is Very Gay in addition to being Very Robin.

Curling is a super duper gay af sport. I also think these results are maybe biased a little bit by their American-ness. Basketball isn’t as much a thing in Canada, curling is a big thing. A big big gay thing.

I’m returning to this article to say that the absence of Brandi Chastain’s name in this comment section is a mystery to me. That’s all.

I did soccer and badminton. Badminton is low key super gay. Lots of sexual tension. And I shouldn’t even have to mention the hair.

i think the reason why roller derby isn’t higher in the list is because it’s where we all end up AFTER coming out, rather than making people gay to begin with…!

I’m a freshman in college and I was recruited to rugby by the cutest, gayest girl. Apparently there was so much drama on the team last year that they had to have a team meeting to implement a rule so that everyone would stop sleeping together and making out at the local gay bar. Rugby is truly the gayest sport.

i played basketball and softball and now i’m extremely gay so there’s proof that both of those sports made you gay. i went to a women’s college where mostly everyone was at least a little gay for a little while and even then the rugby team was the gayest.

i would also like to put forth crew for consideration as a Gay Sport. i knew a ton of girls in college who were supposedly straight then joined the crew team and suddenly had a girlfriend, or at least a crush on one of the captains.

Crew, that’s the group rowing thing right? Checks out with boat stuff having pretty gay rep and all.

A solid 30-50% of the women at my grappling/MMA gym are gay or bi. Some other sports I’ve done over the years: gymnastics, karate, track, fencing, archery, and swimming. My girlfriend played soccer and rugby and did gymnastics. I think we fill out this list all on our own.

Appalled that ultimate frisbee didn’t make the list! Ultimate was (and in many ways still is) my queer education. It’s a surprisingly unexplored sport by autostraddle!

What about handball???But yeah, maybe it’s more of an European thing.

14. Synchronized Swimming

Men and boys literally were not allowed to do this sport for many years. It’s a breeding ground for lesbianism if you ask me. Also, Water Lilies is one of the best lesbian coming of age movies of all time.

11. Outdoor Track

TWO different Autostraddle staff (Staff Writer Raquel and Business and Design Director Sarah Sarwar) joined the track team in high school only to climb trees in the woods and hide while everyone else ran their miles! Also, Personal Best made Ellen DeGeneres gay, so.

1. Basketball

Top, L to R: Sue Bird, Seimone Augusts, Elena Delle Donne, DeWanna Bonner, Angel McCoughtry. Bottom, L to R: Brittney Griner, Stefanie Dolson, Candice Dupree, Riese Bernard, Diana Taurasi.

I received more basketball pictures of young Autostraddle staff than any other sport. You will, in fact, find our editor in chief here among just a few of the openly gay women who’ve played in the WNBA.

Staff Testimonials

Top, L to R: Kayla, Jenna, Eli. Bottom, L to R: Cameron, Sarah, Stef.

+ “I started a poms squad and fell in love with my coach and I think that’s pretty gay.” – Sarah Sarwar, Business and Design Director

+ “Diving in high school was basically just me and one other girl. So, percentage-wise, diving was at least 50% gay.” – Cameron, Cartoonist

+ “A friend of mine I came out with during college swimming is now dating and U-hauled with my long-term ex (its fine everything is fine) and wrote a lovely essay on it.” – Eli, Technical Intern

+ “I played boys’ baseball for several years and was the only girl on the team, which was paradoxically very gay (of me). Later on I had to switch to girls’ softball, which was ironically much more heterosexual; lots of fretting about blowjob logistics while killing time on the bench.” – Rachel, Managing Editor

+ “I did varsity tennis and my doubles partner was also my rival. We had great chemistry on the court, wanted to murder each other off the court. (Gay)” – Kayla, Staff Writer

+ “Eight out of ten starters from my high school softball team are gay” – Heather Hogan, Senior Editor

+ “I played soccer from like second grade until sophomore year of high school. When I was younger I was good and often on boys teams, when I was older I was bad cuz I was skinny and uncoordinated” – Riese, CEO/EIC

+ “I went to every volleyball game my high school had to ‘support’ my ‘friend’ and definitely not to watch her, specifically. Actually, she’s bi now so” – Valerie, Staff Writer

+ “I played basketball literally because I knew there would be lesbians on the team. We may not have been out but there was lots of lesbian energy in every game tbh” – Alexis, Staff Writer

Okay, let’s fight about how wrong or right you think I am! Or even better, share your youth sports coming out stories!