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Gay athletes

High school student Lucas Goodman is an openly gay member of Green Lake Crew in Seattle. (Kevin P. Casey)
David Kopay’s nine-year NFL career comprised stints with the Redskins, Packers, Raiders, Lions and 49ers. He announced he was gay in 1975. (Robert Gauthier / LAT)
Olympic athlete Sarah Vaillancourt came out as a lesbian to her Harvard women’s hockey teammates when she was a freshman. (Josh Reynolds)
Allen Acevedo, shown running in Washington, D.C., belongs to an emerging generation of openly gay high school and college athletes. He came out to his high school team in Chula Vista and plans to do the same when he tries out for track at San Diego State in the fall. (Joshua Roberts)
Brian Schwind played football, wrestled and swam in high school in Palo Cedro, Calif. Some teammates accepted him as gay, many did not. He recently graduated and hopes to play sports in college. (Robert Durell / LAT)