Finally a Gay Man on American Ninja Warrior

  • Orland23

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    Jul 11, 2015 3:57 AM GMT
    On Monday’s NBC show American Ninja Warrior Deon Graham is the first openly gay man who competed on the qualifying round to get to the semi-finals. He was on the military episode or American Ninja Warrior and made it through the obstacle course until he failed on the I beam where it is in a “L” shape, but he made it far enough to make it to the semi-finals.



    Looks like he also do some parkour. I notice there are not many gay men in parkour/freerunning. It is rare to find a gay traceur. There are some gay men who partake in parkour even a couple on this site, but for an example at my college parkour club, I am the only gay guy there.

    He shows to the American and world audience that gay men can do anything a straight men do.
  • Orland23

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    Jul 11, 2015 7:07 AM GMT
    He is crushing stereotypes of gay men being "weak" and effeminate, unfortunately that stereotype of gays still exists in societyicon_sad.gif.
  • roadbikeRob

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    Jul 11, 2015 1:42 PM GMT
    Orland23 saidHe is crushing stereotypes of gay men being "weak" and effeminate, unfortunately that stereotype of gays still exists in societyicon_sad.gif.
    Thanks to all the effeminate fruit cakes and drag queens.icon_evil.gif
  • BloodFlame

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    Jul 11, 2015 3:19 PM GMT
    Orland23 saidHe is crushing stereotypes of gay men being "weak" and effeminate, unfortunately that stereotype of gays still exists in societyicon_sad.gif.


    Of course... icon_rolleyes.gif

    It's just a stereotype and if people are that stupid to believe all gay men are the same, that's their own stupidity but stop blaming the few individuals who happen to be effeminate. You honestly think that every effeminate gay man is effeminate just to get attention? Please.

    With that said, no one ever said a LGBT person couldn't be athletic. But congrats to him for being able to do a run on the show.
  • HottJoe

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    Jul 11, 2015 4:22 PM GMT
    BloodFlame said
    Orland23 saidHe is crushing stereotypes of gay men being "weak" and effeminate, unfortunately that stereotype of gays still exists in societyicon_sad.gif.


    Of course... icon_rolleyes.gif

    It's just a stereotype and if people are that stupid to believe all gay men are the same, that's their own stupidity but stop blaming the few individuals who happen to be effeminate. You honestly think that every effeminate gay man is effeminate just to get attention? Please.

    With that said, no one ever said a LGBT person couldn't be athletic. But congrats to him for being able to do a run on the show.


    +1

    We're a diverse community. I'll gladly root for a masculine gay man on ANW, but I also love RuPaul.
  • ai82

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    Jul 11, 2015 5:05 PM GMT
    He's representing for the shorter guys tooicon_biggrin.gif
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    Jul 11, 2015 5:35 PM GMT
    It's tough being short on american ninja warrior. Great upper body strength though. Hope he comes back stronger than ever. It's always great to see Gay men and Women perform well athletically. Even if it's technically obvious that there is diversity, it's good for the younger generation that are more inclined to buy into the stereotype.
  • Zigs_01

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    Jul 11, 2015 5:45 PM GMT
    Was anybody more concerned with watching his body than the actual challenge?
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    Jul 11, 2015 11:53 PM GMT
    tmac said...It's always great to see Gay men and Women perform well athletically. Even if it's technically obvious that there is diversity, it's good for the younger generation that are more inclined to buy into the stereotype.


    Agreed. While I'm not proud to admit it, I was so afraid to as a young gay man to be seen as belonging to a group that was demonized, ostracized, bullied, and not accepted because I bought into the stereotype that all gay men were effeminate and swishy. When I learned all gay men were not effeminate, swishy, and girly I was able to accept myself and own my homosexuality and come out of the closet. So yes, it's great that now more and more gays that do not fit the stereotype are coming out of the shadows. However, I'm not like some here on RJ who like to blame the more effeminate gays - the problem isn't with them but with the straight world who refuses to let people be themselves - who like to put people into nice neat boxes with labels.

    We need more and more of our "masculine," "straight acting" brothers to come out of the closet and stand with the diverse rest of us and we as a group or community need to be more accepting of our diversity. We need to stop shaming our more effeminate brothers and stop blaming them for our community's woes and place the blame squarely on the shoulders of the bigots where it belongs.
  • HottJoe

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    Jul 12, 2015 1:17 AM GMT
    UndercoverMan said
    tmac said...It's always great to see Gay men and Women perform well athletically. Even if it's technically obvious that there is diversity, it's good for the younger generation that are more inclined to buy into the stereotype.


    Agreed. While I'm not proud to admit it, I was so afraid to as a young gay man to be seen as belonging to a group that was demonized, ostracized, bullied, and not accepted because I bought into the stereotype that all gay men were effeminate and swishy. When I learned all gay men were not effeminate, swishy, and girly I was able to accept myself and own my homosexuality and come out of the closet. So yes, it's great that now more and more gays that do not fit the stereotype are coming out of the shadows. However, I'm not like some here on RJ who like to blame the more effeminate gays - the problem isn't with them but with the straight world who refuses to let people be themselves - who like to put people into nice neat boxes with labels.

    We need more and more of our "masculine," "straight acting" brothers to come out of the closet and stand with the diverse rest of us and we as a group or community need to be more accepting of our diversity. We need to stop shaming our more effeminate brothers and stop blaming them for our community's woes and place the blame squarely on the shoulders of the bigots where it belongs.

    Nice post!
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    Jul 12, 2015 4:22 PM GMT
    Yes it was. Definitely a stereotype crusher for sure, not to mention he was a hottieicon_lol.gif
  • BlueMoose

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    Jul 12, 2015 4:44 PM GMT
    SUch a stud and an inspiration
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    Jul 12, 2015 8:58 PM GMT
    he's the first guy to admit that he likes other men... highly doubt he is the first homo to be on the show.
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    Jul 12, 2015 11:38 PM GMT
    I would actually like to see on mainstream TV, Movies and competive sports show gay men; and not perpetuating the all familar typical gay persona, character ect..but show the other part of the gay spectrum. Its great Deon Graham did this.
    Finally, we see this coming about.. Its about time!
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    Jul 13, 2015 12:35 AM GMT
    TO23 saidhe's the first guy to admit that he likes other men... highly doubt he is the first homo to be on the show.


    True! But then again, the OP did say openly gay. The rest of them are probably….shhhhh!!!
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    Jul 13, 2015 12:42 AM GMT
    I can't find the thread but within the past year an RJ member from San Francisco sent in an audition tape to American Ninja and it was so terrific (backstory must be 80% of the selection process!) I was amazed that (presumably) he wasn't accepted.

    Maybe someone else can find the thread and post a link.
  • mmmship

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    Jul 13, 2015 2:08 AM GMT
    I do parkour too. Its great fun. I was thinking of going thru ninja warrior training. It looks awesome!