Nine people were inducted into the third class of the National Gay and Lesbian Sports Hall of Fame on July 24.
The ceremony was held inside the Irving Harris Foundation reception hall in Chicago.
The Class of 2015 is:
- Kye Allums, first out transgender Division I basketball player.
- Megan Rapinoe, one of the stars of the World Cup champion U.S. Women’s National Team in soccer.
- Robbie Rogers, openly gay pro soccer player for the Los Angeles Galaxy.
- Dale Scott, the first openly gay Major League Baseball umpire.
- Roy Simmons, former NFL offensive lineman with the New York Giants and Washington Redksins, who died in 2014.
- Helen Hull Jacobs, a tennis star in the 1930s who won 10 Grand Slam titles and was a lesbian. She died in 1997.
- Chris Morgan, a champion powerlifter who is openly gay.
- Gene Dermody, a pioneer in LGBT wrestling and former president of the Federation of Gay Games.
- Roger Brigham, longtime member of the Federation of Gay Games, and the first openly gay sports editor at a major metropolitan daily, the Anchorage Daily News, in 1982. He’s also the founder of the Equality Coaching Alliance.
The National Gay and Lesbian Sports Hall of Fame was founded in 2013 in Chicago. Its mission is recognize “both individuals and organizations whose achievements and efforts have enhanced sports athletics for the LGBT community.”