May 23, 2010 5:15 AM GMT
What are the "+"s & "-"s that you can foresee for Pro Jocks coming "OUT" for themselves, the community & sports?
Nspyerf8 saidI'd same for some sports yea but others no.
I think really popular sports (in the states) where everybody is trying to go pro such as basketball or football, the players aren't going to come out while active especially if they arent a franchise player to begin with because they just would'nt want to risk it.
On the other hand hand sports where teams actually value each player because there is a high demand or maybe athletes that compete individually; it may feel easier to come out. But with every player coming out it is a personal decision and rests solely with that individual.
But personally the only reason I didnt continue football in college was because I was gay and didnt want to to deal with the homophobia also I couldnt be someone I wasnt meaning I wasnt going to act straight. I think its sad that a sport that a child loves and grows up with may not accept him when he is an adult. The only time I ever which I was straight is when I miss football.
For those that are not out, I can offer compassion for the fear and suffering that they might be feeling. Circumstances will never get better or improve when one stays hidden, but there is the chance when one is out, and enters that unknown, that things will improve not only for that person, but for other persons. If a current pro athlete comes out, yes, things will change in terms of media perception of LGBT persons, but we will never know what that will be until someone does, in fact, come out.
Here's hoping that more people, in all professions and areas of life, come out and find community and love on the other side.