Having a conversation around this topic is as uncomfortable as that of the birds and the bees. Despite the attention that issues such as gay marriage have garnered socially and politically, in the hyper-masculine sports world the topic of homosexuality continues to be avoided. It seems that the only time that the topic of gay athletes and sensitivity towards them are discussed is when the issue is forced, such as when an NBA player gets fined for yelling a homophobic slur at a referee or fan. Despite the evasion of this issue in the media and general public, the issue is not going away.
Athletes Who Are Gay
What happened to the openly gay athlete?
A Shifting Tide For Gay Athletes In Professional Sports?
However, for a lot of sports stars, their sexuality is either kept quiet, closeted, or the subject of some completely bogus conjectures. These stars were all rumored to be gay Still, despite his heroic statements, he now thinks that coming out hurt his career, and he may be right: Sam was the first SEC Defensive Player of the Year in eight years drafted outside the first round — waiting until the seventh round for the St. Louis Rams to pick him up and that was just eight picks before being entirely shut out. Soon the Rams cut him and he landed a spot on the Dallas Cowboys practice squad before retiring in to focus on his mental health.
In recent years, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender LGBT athletes have received more media attention than ever before. Declining levels of homophobia across the Western world has facilitated a greater acceptance of LGBT athletes among heterosexual teammates, fans, and the sports media. Consequently, academic interest in sport, gender and sexuality has also increased substantially.