Jason Collins and Michael Sam weren’t the first, and won’t be the last.

Over the past few years, the media has given more attention to gay men in professional sports. Here are 9 more openly gay athletes who are making it known they can compete with the best.

“Sexuality and sports make for a complicated mix. Throw in race and the persistent obsession with what it means to be a man in America, and the conversation becomes impossibly loaded. That’s why it’s so significant for the NBA’s Jason Collins to come out. By telling his story–and doing so while he’s still an active player–the 34-year-old Washington Wizards alumn has created a moment in which racial justice and queer rights merge.”

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