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The LGBT+ community has fallen in love with USA sprinter Sha'Carri Richardson after she thanked her girlfriend for choosing her fiery orange hair weave.

Richardson, 21, qualified for a spot on the U.S. Olympic team, winning the women's 100-meter dash at the Olympic trials in Eugene, Oregon over the weekend.

She ran a blistering 10.86 seconds, with her long, orange hair weave flapping in the wind behind her.

Afterwards, Richardson thanked her girlfriend for choosing the vibrant color of her weave.

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"She said it just spoke to her, the fact that it was just so loud and vibrant," Richardson told USA Today.

"She felt like [orange] was loud and encouraging and, honestly, dangerous... That's who I am. She just wanted me to be able to make a statement — let's continue to show the world I'm a force to be reckoned with."

Richardson also posted a rainbow emoji on her Twitter feed, which prompted a plethora of rainbow tweets in her Twitter timeline.

After her qualifying run, the 5-foot-1 sprinter revealed the sad news that she lost her biological mother last week.

Richardson, who was raised by her grandmother and aunt, said she loved her mother and she knew her mother loved her, despite not bonding with her mom.

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My grandmother is my heart. My grandmother is my superwoman," she told NBC.

"To be able to have her here, at the biggest meet of my life and being able to run up the steps and knowing that I'm an Olympian now... Honestly, that probably felt better than winning the race itself."

Richardson will have stiff competition from Jamaica's two-time Olympic champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce in Tokyo next month.

Fraser-Pryce, 34, ran 10.63 on June 5 to become the second-fastest woman in history after FLorence Griffith Joyner.
 

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Sha'Carri Richardson, who qualified for a spot on the U.S. Olympic Track & Field team, revealed her mother died last week.

The 21-year-old Dallas native revealed her personal loss after winning the women's 100-meter dash at the Olympic trials in Eugene, Oregon over the weekend.

She ran a blistering 10.86 seconds, just missing Florence Joyner's world record by 0.24 seconds.

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After her qualifying run, Richardson went to the stands to embrace her grandmother.

She told ESPN, "My family has kept me grounded. This year has been crazy for me. Going from just last week, losing my biological mother, and I'm still here."

The LSU track & field standout said her personal loss motivates her to strive for Olympic greatness.

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"I'm still here. Last week, finding out my biological mother passed away and still choosing to pursue my dreams, still coming out here, still here to make the family that I do still have on this earth proud. And the fact [is] nobody knows what I go through. Everybody has struggles and I understand that, but y'all see me on this track and y'all see the poker face I put on, but nobody but them and my coach know what I go through on a day-to-day basis.

"I'm highly grateful for them. Without them, there would be no me. Without my grandmother, there would be no Sha'Carri Richardson. My family is my everything, my everything until the day I'm done."

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Richardson won a gold medal at the junior Olympics in 2016.

The last American woman to win a gold Olympic medal in the 100 yard dash was Gail Devers in 1996.

Richardson has a chance to top both Devers and Joyner at the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympic Games next month. The 2020 Tokyo Olympics was delayed a year due to the pandemic.
 

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Las Vegas Raiders defensive end Carl Nassib is the first active NFL player to come out as openly homosexual.

Nassib made the announcement 7 years after former NFL player Michael Sam first opened the door for down low NFL players to walk through.

Carl Nassib took to social media on Monday, June 21, to share a video message in which he opened up about his sexuality.

"I just wanted to take a quick moment to say that I'm gay. I've been meaning to do this for a while now, but I finally feel comfortable getting it off my chest. I really have the best life. I got the best family, friends and job a guy can ask for."

Nassib, 28, confessed he "agonized over this moment for the last 15 years", but he felt it was time to stand up to represent the LGBTQ community.

He kickstarted his new chapter by making a generous donation.

"I'm a pretty private person so I hope you guys know that I'm not doing this for attention," he said.

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"I just think that representation and visibility are so important. I actually hope that one day, videos like this and the whole coming out process are not necessary, but until then I will do my best and my part to cultivate a culture that's accepting and compassionate and I'm going to start by donating $100,000 to the Trevor Project. They're an incredible organization, they're the number one suicide-prevention service for LGBTQ youth in America."

Nassib previously played for the Cleveland Browns and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers before signing a three-year, $25 million contract with the Raiders in 2020.
 

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Former NBA star Nick Young apparently waited until he was out of the league to formally declare his preference for men.

His female fans were stunned when a viral photo showed the 34-year-old, 6' 7" shooting guard holding hands with a short, bow legged man.

Young also shocked his Instagram followers when he complimented the same man's sexy lips.

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Young's nickname is "Swaggy P", which he said is a pseudo-biblical reference to "the Prophet of Swag."

Young was a standout star for the USC Trojans and was selected by the Washington Wizards in the first round of the 2007 NBA draft with the 16th overall pick. He played 5 tumultuous years for the Los Angeles Lakers (2013–2017) and he won an NBA championship with the Golden State Warriors in 2018.

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Nothing in Young's personal life gave insight into his hidden lifestyle. He fathered three children - 2 sons and a daughter - with his high school sweetheart Keonna Green. He is a doting dad to his children.

The couple's last two children were born in 2019 and 2016 - the same year he called off his engagement to rapper Izzy Azalea.

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Young was caught creeping with other women over the years, but there was no indication that he also slept with men.

Young is the latest sports star to "come out" of the closet after retirement.

Here is a list of pro athletes who came out of the closet after retiring from sports.
 

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