In 1981, tennis legend Billie Jean King became the first high-profile female athlete to come out.
Since that time, we have seen members of the LGBTQ community represented in practically every major sport known to humankind. For example, football fans have witnessed stars like Megan Rapinoe and Abby Wambach rise to the top. In tennis, we've had icons like the previously mentioned Billie Jean King and Martina Navratilova dominate in their respective primes.
Moreover, in recent years, there has been another sport that has provided a platform for members of the community to shine
—mixed martial arts.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship doesn't have any prominent LGBTQ fighters in the men's divisions at the moment. However, women's MMA features several talented female martial artists who are proud members of the LGBTQ community.
In truth, without LGBTQ athletes, women's mixed martial arts wouldn't be where it is today and the sport would be without some of its most prominent competitors.
To illustrate the previous point, we've ranked the ten greatest LGBTQ fighter to ever set foot inside a UFC cage.
From 1999-2003 Jacques performed on the Florida independent pro wrestling circuit. He also has an amateur wrestling background and currently holds a certification in Krav Maga. Jacques graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2003, with a bachelor's degree in Political Science. He currently resides in Chicago, Illinois. Follow him on twitter @goodeals79.