Monday, November 20, 2017

Where Have All the Gay Men Gone in Professional Sports?

Robbie Rogers - Photo by Isaiah J. Downing - USA TODAY

Outsports reports:

And then there were none.

With the retirement of Robbie Rogers from the Los Angeles Galaxy, there are zero openly gay male athletes in the five largest North American pro team sports leagues — NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL and MLS. For good measure, there are no out male players in any of the major pro soccer leagues around the world.

In the acronym that encompasses sexual orientation and gender identity — LGBTQ — we have several L’s and some female B’s but zero men in the G, B, T or Q classification. Lesbians are prominent in the WNBA, winning championships, getting married and being advocates for LGBTQ rights, but out active male athletes are nowhere to be found.

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1 comment:

Raybeard said...

In the U.K. over the last few years we've had a number - well, a small handful - of football (soccer) and rugby players coming out. However, as far as I know, it's always been when they've just retired. There have also been declarations from a few still-working referees. Although overall it's a minimal movement, it is at least going in the right direction. Just a matter of time before it gains some momentum, I suppose, and develops into the 'So what?' attitude that we want to see.