Out sport writers/journalists in america....

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    Jul 17, 2010 9:49 PM GMT
    I have been a avid sports fan for all of my life that I can remember, and I have also been gay for all of my life that I can remember. I think that is what was most hard for my parents to understand when I decided to come out, but that is another story for another day.

    To make a long story short, I am at a crossroads in my professional life. I have always wanted to be a sports writer and eventually a sports personality that is known and respected in not only the the sports world, but also the journalistic world as a whole. This ideal of mine went to the wayside when I came out and I didn't really feel that being gay and being a respected sports writer would ever really happen. It just didn't seem fathomable.

    Now, I feel that the time is different, and I feel that there is a market in the sports world for someone like me. My short term goal is to start a blog that focuses solely on my perspective of the "top news" in sports across this country, In essence, a "gay perspective" on mainstream sports news. I would like to cover topics that range from the pennant races in MLB to playoffs in college football to how being gay and growing up in sports affected me and how it could have been better.

    I not only want to follow my passion in life, which I feel I haven't been able to do because of the way society thinks, but I also want people like me to have an outlet and a voice that they can go. Maybe it won't ever end up being my voice that they hear but at least its a start to getting someone's voice to be heard.

    How do you guys feel about this, and do you think there is a market for it? Suggestions and ideas welcome.

    Thanks.
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    Feb 01, 2011 4:55 AM GMT
    Dude you can be whatever you want to be. Your sexual preference doesn't matter. Maybe some company is looking for a gay-specific sports guy, I don't know. But look at Anderson Cooper as a news guy as a role model.
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    Feb 01, 2011 5:04 AM GMT
    dylanosu saidI have been a avid sports fan for all of my life that I can remember, and I have also been gay for all of my life that I can remember. I think that is what was most hard for my parents to understand when I decided to come out, but that is another story for another day.

    To make a long story short, I am at a crossroads in my professional life. I have always wanted to be a sports writer and eventually a sports personality that is known and respected in not only the the sports world, but also the journalistic world as a whole. This ideal of mine went to the wayside when I came out and I didn't really feel that being gay and being a respected sports writer would ever really happen. It just didn't seem fathomable.

    Now, I feel that the time is different, and I feel that there is a market in the sports world for someone like me. My short term goal is to start a blog that focuses solely on my perspective of the "top news" in sports across this country, In essence, a "gay perspective" on mainstream sports news. I would like to cover topics that range from the pennant races in MLB to playoffs in college football to how being gay and growing up in sports affected me and how it could have been better.

    I not only want to follow my passion in life, which I feel I haven't been able to do because of the way society thinks, but I also want people like me to have an outlet and a voice that they can go. Maybe it won't ever end up being my voice that they hear but at least its a start to getting someone's voice to be heard.

    How do you guys feel about this, and do you think there is a market for it? Suggestions and ideas welcome.

    Thanks.
    I wish you luck buddy. I hope you get everything your heart desires.
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    Feb 01, 2011 5:27 AM GMT
    Yes 110% possible. Many people working everyday in the journalism field, no matter what their orientation is and comfortable with who they are.

    Granted, there are still closeted individuals (a friend of mine is a well-known ESPN commentator who doesn't admit it openly, but a known secret), but they get along just as well. You can do what you love and be who you are, if it's what you want, don't let anything stand in your way. Hell blaze a trail too.

    If all else fails: the Velvet Mafia runs the biz so no worries! icon_lol.gif

    http://www.latimes.com/sports/la-sp-daniels27-2007apr27,0,6684546.story
    (RIP Christine)
    http://www.outsports.com/news/2007/0117espn.htm
    http://bostonherald.com.nyud.net/news/columnists/view.bg?&articleid=1307703&format=&page=1&listingType=col#articleFull

    and many more examples like LZ Granderson at ESPN and more. The field is chock full of us, come on in, the water's warm!