By Tyler Leli @jetleli on August 6, 2014
There have been a number of former athletes and coaches who have come out and condemned the LGBT community, and it seems that these people gain more press than the overwhelming majority that actually supports this community. Keeping this lack of representation in mind, I have identified the 15 athletes who are huge supporters of the LGBT community.
Kluwe came out as an ardent supporter of LGBT rights in September of 2012. The former Minnesota Vikings kicker and current free agent hasn't looked back since, appearing in LGBT Pride Parades in places such as Minnesota and Washington D.C. and generally promoting LGBT rights.
Crosby was been vocal about his displeasure with the anti-LGBT rhetoric the Russian government displayed prior to the Sochi Olympics and he has also appeared in promotion for "You Can Play", which promotes ending homophobia in sports.
Ronaldo opened up his support for the LGBT community by supporting a 2010 measure in his native country that legalized gay marriage and he has never backed down from his support.
Davis has appeared in promotions for the "You Can Play" project, and he was on the cutting edge in February of 2014 by predicting that the NFL would be the first major U.S. sports league to have an openly gay player.
Hight condemned the anti-LGBT community prior to participating in the 2014 Sochi Olympics, becoming a face for the many people that want equal rights for all.
during a news conference at the Biltmore Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles on July 17, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.
Mayweather is known for being rather outlandish, but he is serious when it comes to LGBT rights. He publicly supported the community after President Obama in May of 2012, and he has continued to do so ever since.
Ayanbadejo began publicly supporting the LGBT community -- and specifically gay marriage -- in 2009, and he even signed onto a 2013 brief that brought California's Proposition 8 to the Supreme Court.
Cain appeared in the "No H8" campaign that opposed California's Proposition 8, and he has maintained a stance of support for the LGBT community throughout his career.
Lundqvist has appeared in the "You Can Play" project, publicly abhorred Russia's stance against the LGBT community, and generally shown support for the community.
Stallworth is attempting to get his NFL career back on track, and in the meantime, he has frequently appeared on cable news channels such as MSNBC where he has shown consistent support of LGBT rights and the prospect of openly LGBT athletes.
Decker has consistently expressed public support for LGBT rights, and this will surely continue as he begins to play with the New York Jets this fall.
Toews has appeared in the "You Can Play" project, and he has never shied away from showing support for the LGBT community.
Nash first showed public support for the LGBT community as a part of a 2011 video with the Human Rights Campaign and he has continued to support equal rights for all since then.
Faried's mother is a part of the LGBT community and the Denver Nuggets star has never backed down from showing support for his mother, or the LGBT community as a whole.
Augustus spoke out against an anti-gay marriage amendment in Minnesota in 2011, and she has continued to support the rights of all in the LGBT community since then.
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