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25 Sports Figures Have Said “I’m Gay” In 2011 – Is Gay Now OK In Sports?

by David Badash on May 18, 2011

in News,Sports

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The world of sports has been one of the last bastions of “heterosexuals only, please,” in America. And yet, thanks to the work of Cyd Zeigler, Jr. at OutSports, today we learn that there have been twenty-five sports figures to come out to say, “I’m gay” in 2011 alone.

Add to this list of 25 openly lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender sports figures, the the anti-homophobia PSA the NBA produced last month, news this week that the San Francisco Giants will become the first pro sports team to produce an “It Gets Better” video, along with news this week that straight-ally rugby star Ben Cohen is quitting the sport to run his anti-bullying organization, plus the news two weeks ago of New York Rangers’ Sean Avery’s video supporting marriage equality.

Then there’s Charles Barkley’s statement Tuesday on gay pro athletes:

“First of all, every player has played with gay guys. It bothers me when I hear these reporters and jocks get on TV and say: ‘Oh, no guy can come out in a team sport. These guys would go crazy.’ First of all, quit telling me what I think. I’d rather have a gay guy who can play than a straight guy who can’t play.”

Perhaps it’s not totally OK to say “I’m gay” in sports quite yet, but it would seem it’s getting a little easier, especially thanks to these 25 brave men and women.

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(Thanks to the good folks at OutSports for the list, used by permission.)

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