25 Sports Figures Have Come Out in 2011

Wednesday, May 18, 2011


25 sports figures have come out so far in 2011 and revealed they’re gay. These men and women buck the prevailing wisdom that says you can’t live an authentic life if you’re gay and lesbian and also be an athlete.

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FEBRUARY

MARCH

APRIL

MAY

Honorable mention goes out to the inimitable Sir Charles Barkley who isn’t gay but said the following:

“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.”

H/T to: OutSports

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8 Responses to 25 Sports Figures Have Come Out in 2011

  1. Joe in Colorado says:

    You know what it reminds me of? DADT. Before the repeal, so many straight soldiers said they had served with or were currently serving with a gay person. No one cared and no one said it mattered to them. It was the Pentagon who was dragging its feet. Sports is a lot like the military. Gay people have been in professional sports all along. I think the larger culture is finally growing up.

  2. Brigadoon says:

    “…quit telling me what I think. I’d rather have a gay guy who can play than a straight guy who can’t play.”

    Charles Barley is a hot mess!

  3. Jenna Bush Stole My ID says:

    All I can say is this is awesome!

  4. Eric Equality Kuntz says:

    OMG! Gays in sports!

    Maggie Gallagher must be on suicide watch. Or is she just pissed they closed her local Krispy Kremes?

  5. Rachel says:

    I read the article about Rick Welts in the New York Times. Heartbreaking. All those years spent hiding in the closet and when he finally came out, the NBA and the Phoenix Suns players were like, “big deal.” Never hide your true self and never live in fear.

  6. Mets Fan says:

    Great post. Thanks.

  7. mauigirl says:

    It’s wonderful that more and more people are being brave and honest enough to let others know their true selves. It will give more and more people the courage to do the same and eventually no one will think twice about whether someone is gay or not.

  8. Robyn says:

    I had no idea it was this many people who came out. This is great news!

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