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Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) is a full combat and unarmed sport that is composed of a mix of wrestling, boxing and traditional martial arts. It is known for its outright aggressiveness and brutality as a sport with very few rules other than those minimally required to maintain a competitor's safety. MMA's popularity has surged in recent years despite the fact many sports regulators remain wary of its legitimacy as an organized sport.

In this context, it is considered challenging for a fighter to come out as LGBTQ. Having a high-profile LGBTQ MMA fighter would contradict the public stereotype of intolerant and tough athletes that defines the MMA world. Nevertheless, the sports' largest organization, Ultimate Fighting Championships (UFC), continually expresses its support for diversity in the sport and sponsors several HIV/AIDS awareness programs. Part of the reluctance for MMA fighters to come out could be the fear of adverse fan reaction.

Lately, the sport has introduced weight classes, protective body equipment, and a professional women's division. Indeed, the vast majority of publicly out LGBTQ MMA fighters are lesbian. Only one gay professional fighter exists - Shad Smith of the United States. Recently, lesbian Amanda Nunes of Brazil became the first openly gay individual to hold a UFC championship belt. Fallon Fox is the first transgender professional MMA fighter.

A reality television show has been created around the sport - 'The Ultimate Fighter'. In the show, fourteen mixed martial artists are separated into two teams in a house, living, training and fighting until there is one winner. There has been speculation that several past contestants were LGBTQ.

We have identified several professional LGBTQ MMA fighters. They hail from the United States, Brazil and Mexico. To read their fascinating biographies CLICK HERE

Directory of past 'Did You Know?' Articles See Here

The goal of QueerBio.com is to be the definitive online biographical reference source for the international LGBTQ community. Its database lists over 13,000 contemporary and historical figures who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer, and includes artists, sports figures, politicians, entertainers, business leaders, academics, activists, and more. The database is widely international in scope and is an ideal source for research and analysis with full search and sort functionality.

The mission is to inspire, educate, and motivate all generations of LGBTQ individuals and others through a collective knowledge of this international community.

Managing Editors: Mark S. Bonham, Connie Bonello, Gordon Dunbar

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To search for an individual from the database of over 13,000 biographies, simply type the name in the Search Box located in the top right hand corner of this Home Page and click on GO.

Alternatively, you can view and scroll through the entire list of biographies by viewing the All Biographies section.

To search for LGBTQ individuals with a common characteristic (examples: all Nobel Prize winners, all Writers, all Politicians, all Tony Award winners, all Olympic Gold medal winners, all individuals of a specific nationality) simply type the characteristic in the Search Box located in the top right hand corner of this Home Page and click on GO. Results of your search will be displayed alphabetically by Last Name. A second Search Box will be displayed for you to search within the database of individuals with that common characteristic.

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Annual Awards established in 2007 to recognize individuals or groups that have made a significant contribution to the advancement and education of human rights issues surrounding sexual education. Click here to find out more about the Bonham Centre Awards, past recipients, and present nominees.

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