Conor Gaughan: Ready Or Not, Here He Comes Out: The Time For A Gay Professional Athlete Is Now
Huffington Post Sports - about 4 years
Dominated by testosterone and machismo, professional sports are defined by images of virile straight men, but buried in locker rooms throughout the country is a hidden "third rail" of sports: the closeted gay pro athlete. With 2012's political momentum, pop culture trends and sports news like soccer's Robbie Rogers coming out, now is the time for a gay player in one of America's four major team sports to step out of the closet and onto the field.
As over 100 million fans watched Super Bowl XLVII, there were two gay stories in the media. Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo, a vocal activist for gay rights since 2009, continued his advocacy by leveraging the media surrounding the Super Bowl to raise awareness for LGBT equality. On the other side of the field, in a publicity fumble, 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver was taped in an interview saying, "We don't got no gay people on the team. You know, they gotta get up out of here if they do. Can't be with that sweet stuff. .
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