Monday, May 27, 2013

Opening the doors: Gay athletes in America

As an extension of Doc Oc's recent post,  Between the Lines: Covering (and Uncovering) SportsRobbie Rogers became the first openly gay male to play in a U.S. professional sport yesterday. Please watch the two minute clip to the right, honoring this landmark day in sports.

Similar to many of the speculations on Mr. O'Connor's post, I think Jason Collins has truly paved the way for proud gay athletes to play competitively at a high level while being comfortable with their sexuality. It is so brave, I just cannot imagine how much Roberts' "head was spinning" not just during the game, but for the months if not years leading up to yesterday.

In fact, Jason Collins sent Rogers a good luck, supportive tweet before the game: "Good luck tonight and Send and Seattle Sounders home with a loss ." It excites me when stories like these come on ESPN or the news. In the words of YouTube user Tr33fiddy, "Here's to a future not far off where stories like this are no longer stories." Powerful words, that I hope hold true as more of these circumstances arise in the world of sports. Lastly, with a sport like soccer (the most widely watched sport in the world) it would be nice to see stories like these in countries outside of the U.S as well.

Currently, European soccer leagues are (and have been for decades) experience profoundly upsetting displays of racism and homophobia. For more details check out one of my previous posts, 

Racism oppresses European soccer leagues. What do you think Robbie Roger's bravery means to both sports, and American society? Are you optimistic for the future with stories like these?


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  3. This is quite an interesting piece you have written here. While gay athletes all around the world surely exist, one has to wonder whether this obvious step forward makes them more comfortable to come out when they feel the time is right, or if it makes them feel that society is still at a point where this is front page news, rather than it not being a big deal. Don't get me wrong, gay athletes are a wonderful thing and nothing makes me happier than to know that we are moving forward in the process of accepting homosexuality for what it is. BUT, with the news of Jason Collins revealing that he had been gay, there is only one way that the groundbreaking confession could have been a better thing: if it wasn't a big deal at all. Imagine that. I hope that one day we, as a whole, can reach the point where an athlete revealing that they are gay is truly not a big deal and not noteworthy. Not that what Jason Collins did wasn't tremendous. He is a pioneer and has courage beyond belief, but I think that even he would tell you that the only way this would have been a better experience for him would be if it wasn't all that big of a deal. But, for the time being, this is a fantastic occasion. I wish I could personally congratulate and thank both Jason Collins and Robbie Rogers for their bravery, leadership, and for paving the way for current and future gay athletes to take the same path. Noah Quinn -- Best of luck in the future with your blog. This is a wonderful thing you are doing and it is always nice to see young people like yourself stepping up and taking part in the issues of today's world. You now have one more loyal reader.