1, jason collins, jessica rinaldi_0_0On June 26, the Supreme Court handed down their decision to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act, a move that granted same-sex couples the same federal rights as their heterosexual counterparts. That day was reminiscent of July 9, 1868—the day that the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution deemed all races equal under the law. But after that ruling, the South quickly slipped back into its old Jim Crow ways, and a 100-year-long uphill battle ensued until the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s. We are still within our first 100 years for gay rights. We still have a ways to go. The sports world is a case in point. Gay athletes are few and far between, but they are out there, fighting stereotypes in every discipline.

Click through to learn about some of the most memorable gay athletes to date.

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