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See larger Jonathan Jean-Pierre, 19, a sophomore and rower at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa. is photographed on campus on Friday, May 3, 2013. Jonathan came out as a gay man during his freshman year and is among college athletes who've been invited to attend the Nike LGBT Sports Summit in June 2013 in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Rich Schultz)

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Jonathan Jean-Pierre, 19, a sophomore and rower at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa. is photographed on campus on Friday, May 3, 2013. Jonathan came out as a gay man during his freshman year and is among college athletes who've been invited to attend the Nike LGBT Sports Summit in June 2013 in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Rich Schultz)

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  • FILE - In this Thursday, March 22, 2001 file photo, Stanford's Jason Collins drives past Cincinnati's B.J. Grove during the second half of their NCAA West Regional semifinal game at the Arrowhead Pond in Anaheim, Calif. Gene Smith, the athletic director at Ohio State University, says he and others began to notice a shift in momentum on college campuses by the mid-1990s - more young athletes were feeling empowered to be open about their sexuality, he says, and the trend has only grown. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)
  • FILE - Phoenix Mercury's Brittney Griner, the No. 1 overall pick the WNBA draft, holds up a hat during a news conference Saturday, April 20, 2013 in Phoenix. Just days after Griner came out as a lesbian, sportswear company Nike Inc. announced a deal with her who will soon graduate from Baylor University. (AP Photo/Matt York)
  •  In this July 2, 1963 file photo, Billie Jean King, 19, of Long Beach, Calif., plays former champion Maria Bueno of Brazil during their women's singles quarter finals match at Wimbledon, England. Ellen Staurowsky, a professor of sport management at Drexel University in Philadelphia, says awareness of homosexuality in athletics started to grow, slowly in the 1970s on college campuses. Then in the early 1980s, King was outed, and Martina Navratilova also came out as a lesbian. (AP Photo)
  • Holly Peterson, who plays professional women's tackle football for the Sacramento Sirens, is photographed on the field in Elk Grove, Calif. on Friday, May 3, 2013. Peterson made the decision to tell her family and friends that she’s a lesbian 14 years ago, when she was a sophomore in high school. 'I was ready,' says Peterson, who’s now 29. 'I needed to tell someone.' (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
  • Holly Peterson, who plays professional women's tackle football for the Sacramento Sirens, stands on the field in Elk Grove, Calif. on Friday, May 3, 2013. When she came out as a lesbian at 15, her high school basketball team and coach responded well, she says, though her parents removed her from her traveling basketball team and, instead, used the money they’d spent on that for therapy. Eventually, though, her parents came to terms with her sexual orientation, While at the University of California, Riverside, she recalls speaking on a panel with other gay and lesbian athletes - and how other women athletes on her campus told her that she'd given them the courage to come out, too. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
  • Holly Peterson, who plays professional women's tackle football for the Sacramento Sirens, holds a basketball in Elk Grove, Calif. on Friday, May 3, 2013. Peterson, who played college basketball at the University of California, Riverside, came out as a lesbian at age 15, when she was playing high school basketball. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
  • Jonathan Jean-Pierre, a sophomore and rower at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa. sits on steps at the campus on Friday, May 3, 2013. Jean-Pierre, says his teammates have never given him any trouble about being gay. 'But sometimes I still feel like I have to work twice as hard to prove myself,' says the 19-year-old athlete, who plans to discuss these and other issues as a participant of a summit for gay and lesbian athletes in June 2013. (AP Photo/Rich Schultz)
  • Jonathan Jean-Pierre, 19, a sophomore and rower at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa. is photographed on campus on Friday, May 3, 2013. Jonathan came out as a gay man during his freshman year and is among college athletes who've been invited to attend the Nike LGBT Sports Summit in June 2013 in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Rich Schultz)
  • Jonathan Jean-Pierre, 19, a sophomore and rower at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa. is photographed on campus on Friday, May 3, 2013. Jonathan came out as a gay man during his freshman year and is among college athletes who've been invited to attend the Nike LGBT Sports Summit in June 2013 in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Rich Schultz)

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