Gay Men Can't Like Sports?

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    Jan 09, 2013 4:34 PM GMT
    I found this kind of interesting, and I'd like to get some opinions here...a while back, my cousin who is really into sports was getting ready to go off to college. He had some friends over, and there were talking about how the school he is now attending has a large gay population (New York University). My cousin isn't homophobic by any means, very liberal and open-minded. However, one of his friends said "too bad you won't be able to talk sports with any of the guys there" or something along those lines...basically, insinuating that gay men don't like sports or know anything about sports. I found it interesting, since there are a lot of men on here who are athletic and into sports, and it makes me wonder why people are so stereotypical when it comes to gay men and sports/athletics.

    I'm not a huge sports buff, but I do play tennis and I used to play baseball, soccer, and basketball growing up. I'm trying to get more into sports, since I don't hate them by any means, I've just never really followed them.

    Any big sports fans out there? When others are having a conversation about sports, can you be a part of that conversation and know what they are talking about?

    Or are all gay men just sissies that don't know the difference between the Super Bowl and the World Series? icon_rolleyes.gif
  • reptile18

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    Jan 09, 2013 4:55 PM GMT
    I like playing sports, I'm super competitive and love to win at anything, but I hate talking about sports, watching competitions, or talking about sports or competitions...
  • ohioguy12

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    Jan 09, 2013 4:58 PM GMT
    Big Sports fan here, both playing and watching pretty much any sport. Yes there some gay men who do like sports, but it's very few, and they're hard to find.
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    Jan 09, 2013 5:01 PM GMT
    And women should cover their legs and shall not show their hair.

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    I love playing/watching sports.
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    Jan 09, 2013 5:02 PM GMT
    that gay guys do not like sports is a stereotype....still stereotypes are somewhat true. There is a large segment of the gay population that will look at you with two heads if you start talking about games and god forbid if you starting talking fantasy sports. That said there are gay guys into sports both playing and watching. We do exist and we are just as fervant as gay guys. I spend ALOT of my free time going to sporting events mainly college but some pro too.

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    Jan 09, 2013 5:02 PM GMT
    It's because of the media. Tv and movies play up stereotypes so much that if they don't know any gay people, they're all going to think we're just like what they see on the tube
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    Jan 09, 2013 5:04 PM GMT
    Gay men CANNOT like sports.

    We must be feminine and be in the latest fashion and home decor. Those shoes? They look FAB.

    ....yeah that was a little too easy to say.
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    Jan 09, 2013 5:04 PM GMT
    Guys that say things like "too bad you won't be able to talk sports with any of the guys there" probably also thinks that every gay guy has a girly voice with a lisp, only cares about shopping and farts glitter. icon_rolleyes.gif

    I'm a big sports fan ( I'd rather play than watch ), and I'm always part of those conversations.
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    Jan 09, 2013 5:09 PM GMT
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    Jan 09, 2013 5:09 PM GMT
    its stereotypical of our community. its not untrue or invalid or even wrong for happening it just is. i know a lot of straight men who arent interested in sports at all. i like soccer but i dont like football. i practice martial arts and a little bit of archery and watch both sporting events. its not a massive part of my day but its all preference. i think the idea that to be gay means you cant like sports at all, or that football is the more "straight" identifier is silly for anyone of any community to do it. personal preference on any front goes beyond gender identity, sexuality and religion.

    *shrugs* people will judge though. im a pansy for not liking football or im a loser for liking soccer and martial arts. ultimately, it doesn't really matter.
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    Jan 09, 2013 5:10 PM GMT
    steelguitar saidI found this kind of interesting, and I'd like to get some opinions here...a while back, my cousin who is really into sports was getting ready to go off to college. He had some friends over, and there were talking about how the school he is now attending has a large gay population (New York University). My cousin isn't homophobic by any means, very liberal and open-minded. However, one of his friends said "too bad you won't be able to talk sports with any of the guys there" or something along those lines...basically, insinuating that gay men don't like sports or know anything about sports. I found it interesting, since there are a lot of men on here who are athletic and into sports, and it makes me wonder why people are so stereotypical when it comes to gay men and sports/athletics.

    I'm not a huge sports buff, but I do play tennis and I used to play baseball, soccer, and basketball growing up. I'm trying to get more into sports, since I don't hate them by any means, I've just never really followed them.

    Any big sports fans out there? When others are having a conversation about sports, can you be a part of that conversation and know what they are talking about?

    Or are all gay men just sissies that don't know the difference between the Super Bowl and the World Series? icon_rolleyes.gif


    "NYU"

    Yeah, funny. 1/3rd are gay when they get there and 2/3rds are by the time they leave.
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    Jan 09, 2013 5:11 PM GMT
    A_X91 saidAnd women should cover their legs and shall not show their hair.

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    I love playing/watching sports.

    This^ Exactly why i joined in the first place; before I discovered the forum. Besides the athletic hot men. ;)
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    Jan 09, 2013 5:14 PM GMT
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  • unicoman1

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    Jan 09, 2013 5:15 PM GMT
    Another post where people feel they have to expose and make notice of a stereotype that holds very little merit. I am gay! I am athletic, and sports both what I partake in and what i watch daily hold great value to me. I know just as many gay people not into sports as I do straight people not into sports.

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    Jan 09, 2013 5:15 PM GMT
    Last thing I want to is sit in front of a TV watching anything, but that being said, I do watch NCAA football, but at the gym generally, where I'm also working out. I like mostly odd-ball sports and activities, but much prefer to participate rather than watch. True, my participation is limited somewhat by my very advanced age, but I still like to get out there and give it a try.
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    Jan 09, 2013 5:15 PM GMT
    On a side note:
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    Jan 09, 2013 5:26 PM GMT
    plenty of guys on here passion about sports as much as straight guys. Dont get them talking.
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    Jan 09, 2013 5:38 PM GMT
    BTW, are NYU teams still called the Violets?

    Your cuz's pal was just being ignorant like the majority of "sports fans" often willfully do.

    His friend only gives credence to "sports" in the college setting as Division I-A major conference football (BCS-eligible) and basketball (major conferences except in March), because that's what his TV teaches him is relevant.

    Because NYU's athletic program is NCAA Division III (at least they were back in my collegiate years) and the athletes don't get scholarships (they do get financial aid, of course, just not for being athletes), he doesn't know there's actual athletes and fans there that also like to talk about sports. Not just their own but other ones too, amateur and pro.

    Besides, it's NYU. There's a Yankee/Met/Giant/Jet/Knick/Net/Ranger/Islander/RedBulls fan in the mix there, I'm sure.
  • HottJoe

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    Jan 09, 2013 5:40 PM GMT
    No, but lesbians have to like them... Didn't you read the gay/lesbian handbook??icon_lol.gif
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    Jan 09, 2013 6:15 PM GMT
    The post seems to be conflating playing sports with the huge passive industry of sitting on the sofa, eating junk food, and watching other people play sports. They're not even a little bit related.
  • spacemagic

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    Jan 09, 2013 6:25 PM GMT
    I don't really care much about sports but neither do my parents. A lot of the gay guys I've talked to in Cincinnati are really into sports, especially pro football and baseball.
  • TheAlchemixt

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    Jan 09, 2013 6:30 PM GMT
    It really does depend on the individual. I know quite a few gay man who are real big sports buffs. I am not one however.
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    Jan 09, 2013 6:32 PM GMT
    I enjoy watching certain Sports but definitely not a fanatic that I will buy a 100 bucks ticket to go watch in a stadium. Neither I will remember any stats about any player or their whole life story. I do play a bit but then I don't compete.
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    Jan 09, 2013 6:39 PM GMT
    mindgarden saidThe post seems to be conflating playing sports with the huge passive industry of sitting on the sofa, eating junk food, and watching other people play sports. They're not even a little bit related.


    ^That. The subject in question (The OP's cousin's "friend") is referring to hanging out with the Cheeto-munching crowd.
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    Jan 09, 2013 6:45 PM GMT
    If a guy cannot accept the fact that I will be watching sports (and by watching, I mean screaming at the television/in person depending on if one of my teams is playing or not haha) and playing them, we will probably not get along.

    That's not to say that guys MUST like sports, but it is definitely one of my interests and passions and thus if a guy dislikes one of my favorite things we won't be a good fit haha