By Jaclyn Hendricks. Jason Collins remembers the words of support he got after coming out as gay inand has spread that message in the years since. Collins, 40, made history in as the first active athlete in one of the four major North American sports leagues to come out as gay.
However, for a lot of sports stars, their sexuality is either kept quiet, closeted, or the subject of some completely bogus conjectures. These stars were all rumored to be gay … and only a few of them actually are. Still, despite his heroic statements, he now thinks that coming out hurt his career, and he may be right: Sam was the first SEC Defensive Player of the Year in eight years drafted outside the first round — waiting until the seventh round for the St.
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Reuters - Jason Collins made history in when he became the first openly gay athlete in one of the four major North American professional sports leagues and the former NBA player wishes more men would follow the trail he helped blaze. A growing number of high-profile Olympic athletes have come out in recent years but Collins said that while the NBA is ready for more openly gay players the tide has simply not turned when it comes to male professional team sports in the United States. After making the courageous decision in May to come out late in his season National Basketball Association career, Collins signed with Brooklyn the following February and played 22 games in a backup role before retiring later that year.
The news makes him the first active player affiliated with a Major League organization to come out publicly. Click through to see other openly gay athletes. American soccer legend Abby Wambach's sexuality was an open secret for years before she married fellow soccer player Sarah Huffman in
Each of these athletes has had immense success, and in addition to their laurels has become a vocal advocate for the LGBTQ cause worldwide. The greatest in their respective sports, many of these athletes came out in a time that was not conducive to their sporting careers, that was not as understanding, aware or accepting of gay rights as it is today. Many lost sponsorships, fans and faced immense backlash, while others found public support.
CNN Let's face it. Gay athletes have probably been setting Olympic records since the days of the ancient Greeks. So proud to be wearing these medals and showing the world what we can do!
Young athletes often keep their sexuality to themselves for fear of their teammates, fans and coaches looking at them differently. Derrick Gordon, the first openly gay player in Division 1 college basketball accused the NBA of not giving him a fair shot to try out because of his sexuality. They are showing young, gay athletes that they can be honest and open about who they are and also succeed in the sport of their choice.
This is a list of notable, openly lesbiangaybisexualpansexualand transgender sportspeople. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This list could be expanded with people from: Category:Bisexual sportspeopleCategory:Gay sportsmenCategory:Lesbian sportswomen and Category:Transgender and transsexual sportspeople.