5. Mark Bingham
Although he never played rugby at a professional level, Mark Bingham has become an iconic figure for gay rugby players and sportspeople around the world. Known for his heroics during the September 11 attacks, Bingham was a robust second-row man who played for the gay-inclusive San Francisco Fog RFC.
The Mark Kendall Bingham Memorial Tournament, simply known as the Bingham Cup, is a biennial gay rugby union tournament which was held for the first time in 2002. Named after the former rugby player, the Bingham Cup has become a symbolic event that has been hosted in multiple cities around the globe.