12/28/2014 10:20 am ET Updated Feb 02, 2016

15 Of The Biggest LGBT Sports Moments Of 2014

2014 was a watershed year for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender athletes.

From Michael Sam's NFL draft and kiss with his boyfriend on national television to the international controversy surrounding the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, visibility surrounding queer athletes in the mainstream reached a level unprecedented.

Cultural stigma surrounding queer people in the sports world is slowly unraveling, and attitudes and perceptions of what it means to be an LGBT athlete are evolving alongside the folding of LGBT people into mainstream society.

As we approach the end of 2014, let's look back at some of the biggest LGBT moments in the sports world over the past 12 months.

15 Of The Biggest LGBT Sports Moments Of 2014