Openly Gay In The Professional Sports Arena
Will gay athletes ever be judged solely on merit?
It is surely a different time in sports. The athletes are getting much younger. They’re more liberal in attitude and opinions. And, for the most part, the game is now based on merit more than anything else, so who cares what your sexual preference is these days, right? From NBA Center Jason Collins to recently announced Defensive Lineman Michael Sam, a prospective NFL Draft pick from Missouri who has just become the first player entering professional football to declare that he is gay, one might draw conclusions based off this new generation of sports aficionados that the detesting of homosexuality in sports is now a thing of the past. Unfortunately, that couldn’t be further from the truth. While, strides are being made and teammates, coaches and alike have been more receptive and accepting, being gay is still a topic that often goes ignored in the sports’ community, especially in football; the All-American masculine sport. Just take a look at Sochi, gay sports fans are still torn between the love for the Olympics and boycotting Russia for its anti-gay policies. We unquestionably have many moons to go before a gay athlete will be viewed without stereotypical opinions, but one thing’s for certain, with the recent announcement from Michael Sam, rest assured this will only pave the way for many more to come.
Galaxy Player Comes Out
Robbie Rogers becomes first gay male athlete to compete in U.S. professional team sport.
Los Angeles Galaxy player has become the first openly gay man to play in a well-known North American Pro League.
Midfielder Robbie Rogers, 26, entered the game versus the Seattle Sounders late Sunday night as a substitute.
“I keep saying the word normal, normal, but it was,” said Rogers. “It was just good to be back. I’m excited to move on from here.”
Rogers came out in February by posting a note on his website also saying that he was stepping away from the game.
On Sunday, as he returned, the crowd welcomed him with a loud cheer.
“It was really perfect,” he said. “We won, which was most important. My family was here, my friends. My grandparents. I’ve kind of been on this huge journey trying to figure out my life. And now I’m back here. I think kind of where I’m supposed to be.”
Way to go Robbie!
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Curt Schilling: So You're A Gay Athlete? Who Cares?!
The former major league baseball pitcher doesn't see the issue with having gay teammates.
It appears that baseball may be on track to having an open door policy when it comes to gay athletes. That is if you go according to the numerous baseball players that have revealed their level of comfort playing with gay teammates. The only stipulation, they must know how to play--that makes sense. Former Major League Baseball pitcher Curt Schilling -- who pitched for the Philadelphia Phillies, Boston Red Sox, Baltimore Orioles and Houston Astros throughout his career -- took to Twitter with his thoughts. "Also, I've never understood this 'issue' with gay players? Who cares?" he said. "I know I played with some, their sexual orientation never had much to do with how they hit with RISP, or pitched in late and close situations, why the hell would what they do in the bedroom ever matter?"Who Are The Best Black Running Backs Of All Time?
His view was echoed by many other baseball players like now-retired Jeff Weaver, who pitched for the Detroit Rogers, and his younger brother Jared Weaver, currently of the Los Angeles Angels.
Chris Culliver of the 49ers kicked off the controversy, putting his foot in his mouth and proclaiming that he "don't do the gay guys man." Well, he's since been enrolled in sensitivity training before beginning volunteer work with various LGBT youth advocacy groups. He's surely ecstatic about that experience. Maybe football players will follow suit and begin to change perspectives? (Huffington Post)