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Robbie Rogers signs with LA Galaxy, becomes first openly gay player in MLS. Many athletes have bravely come out and still play the sport that they love.

This May 1, 2013 photo released by OWN shows host Oprah Winfrey posing with NBA basketball player Jason Collins during an interview for "Oprah's Next Chapter," in Beverly Hills, Calif. The interview aired Sunday. Officials at three publishing houses said Monday, May 6, that they had been contacted about a planned memoir by Collins, the first active player in any of four major U.S. professional sports leagues to come out as gay. (AP Photo/OWN, Chuck Hodes)
This May 1, 2013 photo released by OWN shows host Oprah Winfrey posing with NBA basketball player Jason Collins during an interview for "Oprah's Next Chapter," in Beverly Hills, Calif. The interview aired Sunday. Officials at three publishing houses said Monday, May 6, that they had been contacted about a planned memoir by Collins, the first active player in any of four major U.S. professional sports leagues to come out as gay. (AP Photo/OWN, Chuck Hodes)
This May 1, 2013 photo released by OWN shows host Oprah Winfrey posing with NBA basketball player Jason Collins during an interview for "Oprah's Next Chapter," in Beverly Hills, Calif. The interview aired Sunday. Officials at three publishing houses said Monday, May 6, that they had been contacted about a planned memoir by Collins, the first active player in any of four major U.S. professional sports leagues to come out as gay. (AP Photo/OWN, Chuck Hodes)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 17: US women's soccer player Abby Wambach (L) and Sarah Huffman arrive at the 2013 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 17, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/WireImage)
Abby Wambach
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 17: US women's soccer player Abby Wambach (L) and Sarah Huffman arrive at the 2013 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 17, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/WireImage)
OFFENBACH, GERMANY - APRIL 05: Megan Rapinoe of the United States celebrates her team's second goal during the Women's International Friendly match between Germany and the United States at Sparda-Bank-Hessen-Stadion on April 5, 2013 in Offenbach, Germany. (Photo by Simon Hofmann/Bongarts/Getty Images)
Germany v USA - Women's International Friendly
OFFENBACH, GERMANY - APRIL 05: Megan Rapinoe of the United States celebrates her team's second goal during the Women's International Friendly match between Germany and the United States at Sparda-Bank-Hessen-Stadion on April 5, 2013 in Offenbach, Germany. (Photo by Simon Hofmann/Bongarts/Getty Images)
Johnny Weir of the United States performs on November 9, 2012 during the men's short program of the Russia's Cup, the fourth leg of ISU Grand Prix skating series, at the Megasport arena in Moscow. AFP PHOTO/ YURI KADOBNOVYURI KADOBNOV/AFP/Getty Images
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Johnny Weir of the United States performs on November 9, 2012 during the men's short program of the Russia's Cup, the fourth leg of ISU Grand Prix skating series, at the Megasport arena in Moscow. AFP PHOTO/ YURI KADOBNOVYURI KADOBNOV/AFP/Getty Images
Apr 1981: Portrait of Justin Fashanu of Norwich City. \ Mandatory Credit: Allsport UK /Allsport
Justin Fashanu
Apr 1981: Portrait of Justin Fashanu of Norwich City. \ Mandatory Credit: Allsport UK /Allsport
PLYMOUTH, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 09: Tom Daley dives during practice during day two of the British Gas Diving Championships on February 9, 2013 in Plymouth, England. (Photo by Harry Engels/Getty Images)
British Gas Diving Championship 2013 - Day Two
PLYMOUTH, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 09: Tom Daley dives during practice during day two of the British Gas Diving Championships on February 9, 2013 in Plymouth, England. (Photo by Harry Engels/Getty Images)
<div class="caption-credit"> Photo by: Jonathan Exley / King Enterprises</div><div class="caption-title">Billie Jean King | Female Tennis Champion and Activist</div>Billie Jean King started making a name for herself in the world of competitive tennis in the early '60s, but it wasn't until she won the 1968 Wimbledon championship that she truly realized the gender gap on the courts. This was the first year they handed out prize money at the competition, and to King's dismay, she received a mere 750 pounds compared to the male winner's 2,000 pounds. After the Men's Tennis Association was founded in 1972, King went on to organize the Women's Tennis Association. <br> <i><a href="http://www.makers.com/billie-jean-king" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Read more about Billie Jean King's inspiring tennis career at Makers.com" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Read more about Billie Jean King's inspiring tennis career at Makers.com</a> <br> <a href="http://www.babble.com/babble-voices/babble-bugle/2013/02/22/ladies-first-8-inspiring-women-who-pioneered-the-feminist-movement/?cmp=ELP|bbl|lp|YahooShine|Main||022513||LadiesFirst8InspiringWomenWhoPioneeredtheFeministMovement|famE|||" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:For more inspiring women who pioneered the feminist movement, visit Babble!" class="link rapid-noclick-resp"><b>For more inspiring women who pioneered the feminist movement, visit Babble!</b></a></i>
Billie Jean King | Female Tennis Champion and Activist
Photo by: Jonathan Exley / King Enterprises
Billie Jean King | Female Tennis Champion and Activist
Billie Jean King started making a name for herself in the world of competitive tennis in the early '60s, but it wasn't until she won the 1968 Wimbledon championship that she truly realized the gender gap on the courts. This was the first year they handed out prize money at the competition, and to King's dismay, she received a mere 750 pounds compared to the male winner's 2,000 pounds. After the Men's Tennis Association was founded in 1972, King went on to organize the Women's Tennis Association.
Read more about Billie Jean King's inspiring tennis career at Makers.com
For more inspiring women who pioneered the feminist movement, visit Babble!

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