Gay Men Can't Like Sports?

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    Jan 10, 2013 12:43 AM GMT
    steelguitar saidI'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.



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    Jan 10, 2013 12:48 AM GMT
    As a gay guy who loves sports and has been trying to find other gay guys who are into sports, it has been very, very difficult. I can honestly say that I know way more straight women who like sports than gay guys... and I know a lot of gay guys. The stereotype may not be 100% true but I have found it to be about 70% true for openly gay guys and a lot less true for bi guys. There are exceptions and there are definitely sports that are more gay friendly (soccer, tennis, cycling and obviously running). Team sports like football, basketball and baseball have a much lower gay following. Fantasy football... forget about it. If you look at the sports threads on here, they don't last very long and many of the posts are among the same handful of guys.

    n fact, one of the reasons why many of my coworkers and friends didn't believe me when I came out was because I liked football. The gay guys even tried to quiz me on sports questions as proof that I was straight (it was hilarious).
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    Jan 10, 2013 1:19 AM GMT
    I'm not a huge fan, but I do enjoy watching/playing some sports. However, other than knowing the sport, I don't know anything about teams, or anything like that.

    I'm usually not part of many sports conversations. As long as it's not about records, I could probably hold my own.

    Not all gay men are "sissies that don't know...." It all depends on the person.
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    Jan 10, 2013 1:33 AM GMT
    Some straight men don't like sport either
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    Jan 10, 2013 1:47 AM GMT
    I like to watch em if the game is good. I don't know stats n shit, but I know the rules. But I hate golf on tv
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    Jan 10, 2013 1:50 AM GMT
    I used to and still play Basketball and Football
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    Jan 10, 2013 2:15 AM GMT
    Boxer_Red said
    jerseywoof saidthat 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.



    this post and Erik101's I agree the most with.

    To add on to that, the gay men that I come across who say they enjoy watching sports, more often than not, they'll sexualize every aspect of the game. When I was watching the Hawks-Skins game I would always hear comments about their asses, jocks and how hot someone looks. This was coming from gays who said they're into the game. There are very few gays, that I've came across, who will watch the game and be into it without referencing sex all the time.

    As for being able to know what I"m talking about when it comes to the big 3 sports, I can easily be apart of the conversation and be able to speak with conviction. It helps if you play them for a living icon_wink.gif first take and around the horn will help out with that as well.


    And straight men do the same thing when watching women's volleyball, what's your point?
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    Jan 10, 2013 5:35 AM GMT
    True but they're not watching womens volleyball religiously and getting into arguments/debates on up and coming draft picks, future of franchises, type of plays being ran, technique and training involved, etc, etc. the bulk of straight men that I know who are in professional sports, don't consider volleyball a real sport especially not one worth talking about on or off sportscenter for more than 5mins.
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    Jan 10, 2013 5:42 AM GMT
    Next time someone makes an ignorant statement like that , just inform that there are many players that are gay and play sports and other athletic programs.
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    Jan 10, 2013 5:43 AM GMT
    UndercoverMan saidYour cousin's friend has obviously bought into the gay stereotype. Let's just give him the benefit of the doubt and assume he's never met a gay man.


    I'd give him the BOTD and assume he was just cracking a joke. Have a hard time believing he said it matter-of-factly.
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    Jan 10, 2013 5:44 AM GMT
    Exactly.....men are not into watch womens sports for any reason..the only reason they will watch is Olympics and usually confined to beach volleyball

    there are gay guys who claim they like sports but really all they do is comment on the guys or the ones who dont even like sports but make comments about the guys constantly...the annoying ones at Super Bowl parties

    anyway I am huge college sports fan and just came back from watching my Rutgers Scarlet Knights knock off St Johns at the Garden in NYC tonight in college hoops action
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    Jan 10, 2013 5:47 AM GMT
    oh yeah womens tennis, that does get a pass for straight guys. I used to love it back in the day....Chris Evert...I had a crush on her
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    Jan 10, 2013 5:48 AM GMT
    Boxer_Red saidthe bulk of straight men that I know who are in professional sports, don't consider volleyball a real sport


    True (outside of Southern California). Which is funny, because I'm betting Misty May and Kerri Ross could kick their straight asses up and down the beach.
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    Jan 10, 2013 5:50 AM GMT
    i hate how people stereotype. they should get to know the person for who they are and not what they think they are. not every straight guy is into sports. saying that all straight guys watch sports would be stereotyping straight guys. lets put the stereotypes to rest and actually get to know people for who they truly are and not what we think they are.
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    Jan 10, 2013 5:52 AM GMT
    blackhawksfan saidMy profile name doesn't say enough?


    Just as mine.


    Nothing sexier than a man spouting off stats and recounting the box scores from last night's game.
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    Jan 10, 2013 5:53 AM GMT
    Speaking of, how good are the fLakers right now?

    Hahahahahaha.

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    Jan 10, 2013 5:54 AM GMT
    Stereotypes are born of ignorance. There are people who also believe all gay men talk with a lisp and like to dress in women's clothes. Seriously.

    I'm such an NFL fan I could probably do game day commentary on ESPN.
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    Jan 10, 2013 5:56 AM GMT
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    Jan 10, 2013 6:05 AM GMT
    You should be looking in the sports section and not making a thread about a question that you should already know the answer to.
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    Jan 10, 2013 6:35 AM GMT
    I don't think that is true at all. I have worked at the professional level of sports (NFL/NHL/MLB) and also currently work professionally in the NCAA. For instance, I have worked several bowl games, national championships and have worked several Final Fours. I know other gay men that work in the profession as well.

    It is true that more gay men are casual followers of sports and are typically more interested in participating in sports. But I know quite a few of gay men that love sports as much as I do and straight men do.

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    Jan 10, 2013 6:37 AM GMT
    I'm a huge college sports fan, but it seriously is difficult to find a lot of gay guys who like sports as much as I do. The search for that was how I came upon this website in the first place.
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    Jan 10, 2013 6:41 AM GMT
    waccamatt saidI'm a huge college sports fan, but it seriously is difficult to find a lot of gay guys who like sports as much as I do. The search for that was how I came upon this website in the first place.


    I think it's easier to find gay men interested in sports in the southeast than it is in other regions in the country, don't you think?
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    Jan 10, 2013 7:03 AM GMT
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    waccamatt saidI'm a huge college sports fan, but it seriously is difficult to find a lot of gay guys who like sports as much as I do. The search for that was how I came upon this website in the first place.


    I think it's easier to find gay men interested in sports in the southeast than it is in other regions in the country, don't you think?


    I don't think that is necessarily so - I've lived in the southeast as long as I've been out so I don't really have a point of reference.
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    Jan 10, 2013 7:05 AM GMT
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    raginraider12 said
    waccamatt saidI'm a huge college sports fan, but it seriously is difficult to find a lot of gay guys who like sports as much as I do. The search for that was how I came upon this website in the first place.


    I think it's easier to find gay men interested in sports in the southeast than it is in other regions in the country, don't you think?


    I don't think that is necessarily so - I've lived in the southeast as long as I've been out so I don't really have a point of reference.


    I lived in the Southwest, Mid-Atlantic and New England before, but that was just my personal experience. Of course that's not scientific.
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    Jan 10, 2013 3:19 PM GMT
    From childhood (I can remember feeling this way at least as far back as about 10 years old, maybe earlier, definitely before barmitzvah), due to my observing how winning made me feel as it separated me from my group of friends who did not win and particularly as I observed it over-feeding the egos of others when they won and somewhat in me, I sought to subdue my competitive nature. So I think that has more to do with my not caring much for sports today than, if at all, being gay.

    Where being gay might have influenced my not caring much for sports could go back to very early childhood when I used to get jealous that my grandfather would play ball with my brother but never invite me. So maybe they were picking up on that I was gay and treating me differently or it could simply have been that they developed their relationship before I was even born. So I don't know what triggered that but it could have in turn effected how I feel about sports.

    Though my father's side of the family was mostly involved in creative endeavors, my mother's side was athletic, grandma a competitive swimmer in her youth, grandpa a champion handball player, my brother totally wanted to be a professional pitcher and even mom loved sports, though that might just have been because she was half lesbian.

    Oddly, as far as I know, there are more gay members of my family on the athletic side then there might be on the creative side. So my theory is that gay guys who do like sports are just more in touch with their inner lesbians.