Gays in Professional Sports

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    Oct 24, 2007 11:11 PM GMT
    Are there any openly gay guys in any professional sports? I follow lots of sports (football, soccer, hockey, rugby, surfing, snowboarding) but don't pay any attention to sporting news or hear anything about it. Still taboo to have a gay guy in your locker room?
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    Oct 24, 2007 11:29 PM GMT
    If you are talking about in the big 4 (Baseball, Football, Basketball, Hockey) then no; but there are many out athletes, several who still compete.

    You might find out about some at Outsports:

    http://www.outsports.com/outathletes/


    The times they are a changing though..

    Obviously there are a lot of gays in professional sports, but they - like the majority of gay's - prefer to remain 'discreet'.


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    May 14, 2008 5:57 AM GMT
    I really doubt that professional team sports will ever have a out player, if it does it will be someone ready to retire. From college might start on W. coast, maybe CA. The worst would be some scandal that entraps a proff player and makes it look really bad. That is more likely than anything else. Best would be a super star just about to retire that is media savy and in a long term relationship.
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    Oct 28, 2008 4:17 AM GMT
    I read an article in the Sydney Morning Herald about a study carried out by a gay website. It found that only 10 athletes at the Beijing games were openly gay and only 1 (Matthew Mitcham - Aussie diver) was a guy.

    I'm not sure if it was in the same article, but I recall reading somewhere that they believe at least 800 - 1000 athletes at Beijing are gay. I also read that they don't come out as they're afraid coming out will ruin their careers.

    The most famous gay guy in a professional sport that I know of would have to be Greg Louganis (retired American diver), but I think he came out after he retired.
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    Feb 13, 2009 5:40 PM GMT
    For the most part, most professional athletes who are out are lesbians.

    Most of the guys don't come out until they retire, i.e, Esera Tuaolo, John Ameachi.