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Tom Daley and Gareth Thomas to enter gay US sports hall of fame

Joseph McCormick July 10, 2014

British sports stars Olympic diver Tom Daley and former Welsh rugby star Gareth Thomas are among the list of sports people to be inducted into the US National Gay and Lesbian Sports Hall of Fame.

The first US hall of fame to honour gay and lesbian sportspeople was unveiled last year. 

Athletes featured in the hall of fame last year included NBA player Jason Collins,  British rugby star Ben Cohen, tennis legends Billie Jean King, Martina Navratilova and Renee Richards, boxer Orlando Cruz, and former Los Angeles Dodgers player Glenn Burke.

The executive director of the centre, Bill Gubrud said the decision to establish it was changing attitudes, and shifts towards acceptance which made organisers think it was the ideal time to create an institution honouring the contributions gay people have made in sport.

The centre also aims to highlight hardships faced by gay and lesbian people in sports because of their sexuality.

The 2014 list includes John Amaechi, retired NBA player, Fallon Fox, a trans mixed martial artist, former San Francisco Mayor George Moscone, the Nike corporation, Tom Daley and Gareth Thomas.

The full list is available below.

John Amaechi, retired NBA player
Billy Bean, retired MLB player
Mark Bingham, rugby player (Deceased)
Tom Daley, Olympic Medal Winning Diver
Wade Davis, Executive Director of You Can Play and retired NFL player
Fallon Fox, Mixed Martial Artist
Brittney Griner, decorated collegiate athlete, active WNBA player
Mayor George Moscone, Straight Ally, Former Mayor of San Francisco, (Deceased)
Chris Mosier, founder of transathlete.com
Nike, corporation
Diana Nyad, endurance swimmer
Jerry Smith, NFL player (Deceased)
Stand Up Foundation, anti-bullying non-profit organization
Gareth Thomas, retired rugby player
Esera Tuaolo, retired NFL player

More: (Deceased) Chris Mosier, active WNBA player Mayor George Moscone, anti-bullying non-profit organization Gareth Thomas, corporation Diana Nyad, decorated collegiate athlete, endurance swimmer Jerry Smith, Executive Director of You Can Play and retired NFL player Fallon Fox, Former Mayor of San Francisco, founder of transathlete.com Nike, Gareth Thomas, John Amaechi, Mixed Martial Artist Brittney Griner, NFL player (Deceased) Stand Up Foundation, Olympic Medal Winning Diver Wade Davis, retired MLB player Mark Bingham, retired NBA player Billy Bean, retired NFL player, retired rugby player Esera Tuaolo, rugby player (Deceased) Tom Daley, straight ally, tom daley, US

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