Canadian volleyball pro comes out as gay

  • AMoonHawk

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    Jan 21, 2014 9:59 PM GMT
    http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/canadian-volleyball-pro-comes-out-gay210114

    Dang ... that boi's got some long ole legs icon_twisted.gif

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  • KissTheSky

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    Jan 21, 2014 10:18 PM GMT
    Congrats to Chris Voth!
    Good luck in the games. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jan 22, 2014 12:57 AM GMT
    Now if only Volley Ball were viewed as a masculine macho sport . . .icon_rolleyes.gif

    Where are all the gay quarterbacks and goalies?!!
  • offshore

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    Jan 22, 2014 1:32 PM GMT
    Id spike him, nice legs.
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    Jan 22, 2014 1:35 PM GMT
    Nivek saidNow if only Volley Ball were viewed as a masculine macho sport . . .icon_rolleyes.gif

    Where are all the gay quarterbacks and goalies?!!


    omg, I mean really? Really?! you didn't sound like a huge douche at all.
  • fitartistsf

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    Jan 22, 2014 1:51 PM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle said
    Nivek saidNow if only Volley Ball were viewed as a masculine macho sport . . .icon_rolleyes.gif

    Where are all the gay quarterbacks and goalies?!!


    Please, just don't.....

    Please don't debase the courage of a professional sportsman who has a pair of balls bigger than yours or mine just because you find the sport that he plays to be less 'masculine' than football or hockey.

    Every time a public figure comes out of the closet, this person pioneers the way to make life a little bit easier for the rest of us. Through their action, little by little, society gradually acclimates to the LGBT community. People who risk their celebrity status to come out of the closet deserve our respect. Not some dismissive emoticon of you rolling your eyes because this person doesn't meet your stringent standards for masculinity.





    Hear, hear, well said!

    Plus, I find a lot of volleyball players very sexy...
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    Jan 22, 2014 3:17 PM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle said
    Nivek saidNow if only Volley Ball were viewed as a masculine macho sport . . .icon_rolleyes.gif

    Where are all the gay quarterbacks and goalies?!!


    Please, just don't.....

    Please don't debase the courage of a professional sportsman who has a pair of balls bigger than yours or mine just because you find the sport that he plays to be less 'masculine' than football or hockey.

    Every time a public figure comes out of the closet, this person pioneers the way to make life a little bit easier for the rest of us. Through their action, little by little, society gradually acclimates to the LGBT community. People who risk their celebrity status to come out of the closet deserve our respect. Not some dismissive emoticon of you rolling your eyes because this person doesn't meet your stringent standards for masculinity.



    You're right, my bad. I just need to be patient.

    BTW I don't think of one sport as better than the next. Its just that the biggest impact on public perception in North America will happen when the the ones that sports fans think of as uber-masculine have more openly gay players.
  • k777

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    Jan 22, 2014 3:26 PM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle said
    Nivek saidNow if only Volley Ball were viewed as a masculine macho sport . . .icon_rolleyes.gif

    Where are all the gay quarterbacks and goalies?!!


    Please, just don't.....

    Please don't debase the courage of a professional sportsman who has a pair of balls bigger than yours or mine just because you find the sport that he plays to be less 'masculine' than football or hockey.

    Every time a public figure comes out of the closet, this person pioneers the way to make life a little bit easier for the rest of us. Through their action, little by little, society gradually acclimates to the LGBT community. People who risk their celebrity status to come out of the closet deserve our respect. Not some dismissive emoticon of you rolling your eyes because this person doesn't meet your stringent standards for masculinity.





    THISSSSSSSSS
  • madsexy

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    Jan 22, 2014 6:01 PM GMT
    I think we got off the track (rightly taking exception to a careless comment). Great to have another athlete coming out. But it will be greater still when an athlete is gay and it's absolutely not newsworthy.
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    Jan 22, 2014 6:39 PM GMT
    Nivek saidNow if only Volley Ball were viewed as a masculine macho sport . . .icon_rolleyes.gif

    Where are all the gay quarterbacks and goalies?!!

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    Jan 22, 2014 7:02 PM GMT
    Nivek said
    MuchMoreThanMuscle said
    Nivek saidNow if only Volley Ball were viewed as a masculine macho sport . . .icon_rolleyes.gif

    Where are all the gay quarterbacks and goalies?!!


    Please, just don't.....

    Please don't debase the courage of a professional sportsman who has a pair of balls bigger than yours or mine just because you find the sport that he plays to be less 'masculine' than football or hockey.

    Every time a public figure comes out of the closet, this person pioneers the way to make life a little bit easier for the rest of us. Through their action, little by little, society gradually acclimates to the LGBT community. People who risk their celebrity status to come out of the closet deserve our respect. Not some dismissive emoticon of you rolling your eyes because this person doesn't meet your stringent standards for masculinity.



    You're right, my bad. I just need to be patient.

    BTW I don't think of one sport as better than the next. Its just that the biggest impact on public perception in North America will happen when the the ones that sports fans think of as uber-masculine have more openly gay players.

    To me, that's the wrong approach. In taking that approach, you're saying that people only need to accept masculine gays, when we need them to accept all gays.
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    Jan 22, 2014 8:03 PM GMT
    woodsmen saidIt seems everyone is gay !


    It is quite the rage today!
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    fitartistsf said
    MuchMoreThanMuscle said
    Nivek saidNow if only Volley Ball were viewed as a masculine macho sport . . .icon_rolleyes.gif

    Where are all the gay quarterbacks and goalies?!!


    Please, just don't.....

    Please don't debase the courage of a professional sportsman who has a pair of balls bigger than yours or mine just because you find the sport that he plays to be less 'masculine' than football or hockey.

    Every time a public figure comes out of the closet, this person pioneers the way to make life a little bit easier for the rest of us. Through their action, little by little, society gradually acclimates to the LGBT community. People who risk their celebrity status to come out of the closet deserve our respect. Not some dismissive emoticon of you rolling your eyes because this person doesn't meet your stringent standards for masculinity.





    Hear, hear, well said!

    Plus, I find a lot of volleyball players very sexy...


    ...except for this one. (Finished your thought. icon_lol.gificon_lol.gif:lolicon_smile.gif
  • BillandChuck

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    Jan 22, 2014 8:14 PM GMT
    UndercoverMan said
    fitartistsf said
    MuchMoreThanMuscle said
    Nivek saidNow if only Volley Ball were viewed as a masculine macho sport . . .icon_rolleyes.gif

    Where are all the gay quarterbacks and goalies?!!


    Please, just don't.....

    Please don't debase the courage of a professional sportsman who has a pair of balls bigger than yours or mine just because you find the sport that he plays to be less 'masculine' than football or hockey.

    Every time a public figure comes out of the closet, this person pioneers the way to make life a little bit easier for the rest of us. Through their action, little by little, society gradually acclimates to the LGBT community. People who risk their celebrity status to come out of the closet deserve our respect. Not some dismissive emoticon of you rolling your eyes because this person doesn't meet your stringent standards for masculinity.





    Hear, hear, well said!

    Plus, I find a lot of volleyball players very sexy...


    ...except for this one. (Finished your thought. icon_lol.gificon_lol.gif:lolicon_smile.gif

    Sexy for sure. As the OP said, "some long ole legs" indeed!
    And as Madsexy said, Oh for the day when a gay athlete is just another athlete and not news for being gay!
    In the meantime, good for Chris Voth!!!
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    Jan 22, 2014 11:49 PM GMT
    Nivek saidNow if only Volley Ball were viewed as a masculine macho sport . . .icon_rolleyes.gif

    Where are all the gay quarterbacks and goalies?!!


    Shad Smith is an out MMA fighter. His stats aren't as impressive unfortunately 12W/21 Losses but that doesn't take away from him.
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    Jan 22, 2014 11:51 PM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle said
    Nivek saidNow if only Volley Ball were viewed as a masculine macho sport . . .icon_rolleyes.gif

    Where are all the gay quarterbacks and goalies?!!


    Please, just don't.....

    Please don't debase the courage of a professional sportsman who has a pair of balls bigger than yours or mine just because you find the sport that he plays to be less 'masculine' than football or hockey.

    Every time a public figure comes out of the closet, this person pioneers the way to make life a little bit easier for the rest of us. Through their action, little by little, society gradually acclimates to the LGBT community. People who risk their celebrity status to come out of the closet deserve our respect. Not some dismissive emoticon of you rolling your eyes because this person doesn't meet your stringent standards for masculinity.


    +1. The guy is in the public eye and it's hard to come out regardless of how "masculine" your sport might be perceived. That being said, I'm sure it is even harder to come out in say, football, baseball or basketball. But that in no way should take away from applauding his courage.
  • Timbales

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    Jan 22, 2014 11:53 PM GMT
    Volleyball requires actual teamwork, so obviously it's not "masculine" enough for some people.
  • HottJoe

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    Jan 23, 2014 12:00 AM GMT
    Nivek said
    MuchMoreThanMuscle said
    Nivek saidNow if only Volley Ball were viewed as a masculine macho sport . . .icon_rolleyes.gif

    Where are all the gay quarterbacks and goalies?!!


    Please, just don't.....

    Please don't debase the courage of a professional sportsman who has a pair of balls bigger than yours or mine just because you find the sport that he plays to be less 'masculine' than football or hockey.

    Every time a public figure comes out of the closet, this person pioneers the way to make life a little bit easier for the rest of us. Through their action, little by little, society gradually acclimates to the LGBT community. People who risk their celebrity status to come out of the closet deserve our respect. Not some dismissive emoticon of you rolling your eyes because this person doesn't meet your stringent standards for masculinity.



    You're right, my bad. I just need to be patient.

    BTW I don't think of one sport as better than the next. Its just that the biggest impact on public perception in North America will happen when the the ones that sports fans think of as uber-masculine have more openly gay players.

    You'd think uber masculine guys would have the courage to come out. I swear, sometimes when I read these threads I have to wonder if courage is fem trait. Masc guys are the most often closeted and uncomfortable with their sexuality. Are there ANY fem guys with faceless torso shots for their profile pics?

    I'm not trying to take pot shots at anyone. Lord knows, a lot of you masc bros have been nice to me, and I know some people come from a place where they can't come out, but it's really an epidemic that masc guys live their lives passing as straight, only to go around saying they hate fem guys representing the gay community. That's not fem guys' fault. It's the fault of masc guys for not stepping up to the plate. How are fem guys supposed to represent someone they're not?

    Sheeesh, the one mainstream movie about masc guys "Brokeback Mountain" had straight actors, a straight director and is based on a short story written by a straight woman!!! I'm not sure whether to laugh or cry about that.

    I just think it's two-faced that people hate fem guys and lash out at them for representing the gay community, when there is practically no one else willing to do it.

    /rant
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    shawnathan said
    Nivek saidYou're right, my bad. I just need to be patient.

    BTW I don't think of one sport as better than the next. Its just that the biggest impact on public perception in North America will happen when the the ones that sports fans think of as uber-masculine have more openly gay players.

    To me, that's the wrong approach. In taking that approach, you're saying that people only need to accept masculine gays, when we need them to accept all gays.

    Really? Did I say that? Not at all. Of course we should all be accepted. But this event did NOT make the headlines. According to google search here are the outlets who picked up the story:
    * Outsports
    * Winnipeg Free Press
    * Straight.com
    * QueerBlog
    * Gay Star News
    Is that good enough? From a political, strategic standpoint we need bigger guns. Am looking forward to the day when NFL and NHL regulars can openly live as gay athletes. And the first players of that ilk to make that big step will have more impact here than all the previous sports outings put together.

    That said, it is guys like Chris Voth who together will have created a positive atmosphere for self-outings in the most homophobic leagues.
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    Jan 23, 2014 12:20 AM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle said
    Nivek saidNow if only Volley Ball were viewed as a masculine macho sport . . .icon_rolleyes.gif

    Where are all the gay quarterbacks and goalies?!!


    Please, just don't.....

    Please don't debase the courage of a professional sportsman who has a pair of balls bigger than yours or mine just because you find the sport that he plays to be less 'masculine' than football or hockey.

    Every time a public figure comes out of the closet, this person pioneers the way to make life a little bit easier for the rest of us. Through their action, little by little, society gradually acclimates to the LGBT community. People who risk their celebrity status to come out of the closet deserve our respect. Not some dismissive emoticon of you rolling your eyes because this person doesn't meet your stringent standards for masculinity.





    *applauds*
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    HottJoe said
    You'd think uber masculine guys would have the courage to come out. I swear, sometimes when I read these threads I have to wonder if courage is fem trait. Masc guys are the most often closeted and uncomfortable with their sexuality. Are there ANY fem guys with faceless torso shots for their profile pics?

    I'm not trying to take pot shots at anyone. Lord knows, a lot of you masc bros have been nice to me, and I know some people come from a place where they can't come out, but it's really an epidemic that masc guys live their lives passing as straight, only to go around saying they hate fem guys representing the gay community. That's not fem guys' fault. It's the fault of masc guys for not stepping up to the plate. How are fem guys supposed to represent someone they're not?
    /rant
    Those are really good points. But context is a big factor. People with the most to lose are going to be the most reluctant. Gays who move in the most homophobic circles have more to lose than ones who do not, which is why in some professions anyone can be out and in others very few can.
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    Jan 23, 2014 12:36 AM GMT
    HottJoe said
    Nivek said
    MuchMoreThanMuscle said
    Nivek saidNow if only Volley Ball were viewed as a masculine macho sport . . .icon_rolleyes.gif

    Where are all the gay quarterbacks and goalies?!!


    Please, just don't.....

    Please don't debase the courage of a professional sportsman who has a pair of balls bigger than yours or mine just because you find the sport that he plays to be less 'masculine' than football or hockey.

    Every time a public figure comes out of the closet, this person pioneers the way to make life a little bit easier for the rest of us. Through their action, little by little, society gradually acclimates to the LGBT community. People who risk their celebrity status to come out of the closet deserve our respect. Not some dismissive emoticon of you rolling your eyes because this person doesn't meet your stringent standards for masculinity.



    You're right, my bad. I just need to be patient.

    BTW I don't think of one sport as better than the next. Its just that the biggest impact on public perception in North America will happen when the the ones that sports fans think of as uber-masculine have more openly gay players.

    You'd think uber masculine guys would have the courage to come out. I swear, sometimes when I read these threads I have to wonder if courage is fem trait. Masc guys are the most often closeted and uncomfortable with their sexuality. Are there ANY fem guys with faceless torso shots for their profile pics?

    I'm not trying to take pot shots at anyone. Lord knows, a lot of you masc bros have been nice to me, and I know some people come from a place where they can't come out, but it's really an epidemic that masc guys live their lives passing as straight, only to go around saying they hate fem guys representing the gay community. That's not fem guys' fault. It's the fault of masc guys for not stepping up to the plate. How are fem guys supposed to represent someone they're not?

    Sheeesh, the one mainstream movie about masc guys "Brokeback Mountain" had straight actors, a straight director and is based on a short story written by a straight woman!!! I'm not sure whether to laugh or cry about that.

    I just think it's two-faced that people hate fem guys and lash out at them for representing the gay community, when there is practically no one else willing to do it.

    /rant



    Ahhh Joe....you're so predictable. Always there to stand guard against the Fem-Bashers but quick to do your fair share of Masc-Bashing. icon_lol.gif

    FYI: The reason so many fem guys are out is because they have no choice, being how obvious they are. Let's not use the "courage" label where it's not merited. icon_rolleyes.gif
  • HottJoe

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    Jan 23, 2014 12:47 AM GMT
    Scruffypup said
    HottJoe said
    Nivek said
    MuchMoreThanMuscle said
    Nivek saidNow if only Volley Ball were viewed as a masculine macho sport . . .icon_rolleyes.gif

    Where are all the gay quarterbacks and goalies?!!


    Please, just don't.....

    Please don't debase the courage of a professional sportsman who has a pair of balls bigger than yours or mine just because you find the sport that he plays to be less 'masculine' than football or hockey.

    Every time a public figure comes out of the closet, this person pioneers the way to make life a little bit easier for the rest of us. Through their action, little by little, society gradually acclimates to the LGBT community. People who risk their celebrity status to come out of the closet deserve our respect. Not some dismissive emoticon of you rolling your eyes because this person doesn't meet your stringent standards for masculinity.



    You're right, my bad. I just need to be patient.

    BTW I don't think of one sport as better than the next. Its just that the biggest impact on public perception in North America will happen when the the ones that sports fans think of as uber-masculine have more openly gay players.

    You'd think uber masculine guys would have the courage to come out. I swear, sometimes when I read these threads I have to wonder if courage is fem trait. Masc guys are the most often closeted and uncomfortable with their sexuality. Are there ANY fem guys with faceless torso shots for their profile pics?

    I'm not trying to take pot shots at anyone. Lord knows, a lot of you masc bros have been nice to me, and I know some people come from a place where they can't come out, but it's really an epidemic that masc guys live their lives passing as straight, only to go around saying they hate fem guys representing the gay community. That's not fem guys' fault. It's the fault of masc guys for not stepping up to the plate. How are fem guys supposed to represent someone they're not?

    Sheeesh, the one mainstream movie about masc guys "Brokeback Mountain" had straight actors, a straight director and is based on a short story written by a straight woman!!! I'm not sure whether to laugh or cry about that.

    I just think it's two-faced that people hate fem guys and lash out at them for representing the gay community, when there is practically no one else willing to do it.

    /rant



    Ahhh Joe....you're so predictable. Always there to stand guard against the Fem-Bashers but quick to do your fair share of Masc-Bashing. icon_lol.gif

    FYI: The reason so many fem guys are out is because they have no choice, being how obvious they are. Let's not use the "courage" label where it's not merited. icon_rolleyes.gif

    I'm not bashing masc men. I'm responding to someone who said something inflammatory, and I'm not the only responder, nor was my response FTW; that credit goes to MMTM. I'm just saying that fem guys shouldn't be blamed for representing the community when they didn't ask to be the face of the community, nor could they represent anyone but themselves even if they wanted to. Besides, fem guys still have to face homophobia, and it still takes courage to stand up for yourself, whether or not you have a choice.
  • HottJoe

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    Jan 23, 2014 12:54 AM GMT
    Nivek said
    HottJoe said
    You'd think uber masculine guys would have the courage to come out. I swear, sometimes when I read these threads I have to wonder if courage is fem trait. Masc guys are the most often closeted and uncomfortable with their sexuality. Are there ANY fem guys with faceless torso shots for their profile pics?

    I'm not trying to take pot shots at anyone. Lord knows, a lot of you masc bros have been nice to me, and I know some people come from a place where they can't come out, but it's really an epidemic that masc guys live their lives passing as straight, only to go around saying they hate fem guys representing the gay community. That's not fem guys' fault. It's the fault of masc guys for not stepping up to the plate. How are fem guys supposed to represent someone they're not?
    /rant
    Those are really good points. But context is a big factor. People with the most to lose are going to be the most reluctant. Gays who move in the most homophobic circles have more to lose than ones who do not, which is why in some professions anyone can be out and in others very few can.

    The only reason fem guys may appear to have less to lose is because they started out by getting shit on in the first place. People from straight society and gay society hate fem men, without ever getting to know them, just based on the assumption that they're bitchy, and in every way inferior... and then they get called bitchy just for standing up for themselves. It's lose-lose situation most of the time.
  • HottJoe

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    Jan 23, 2014 12:57 AM GMT
    The funny thing is, does anyone even know if the subject of the OP is fem??? This whole derailing is based someone calling Volleyball a fem sport, not on the player himself.icon_lol.gif