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England cricketer Steven Davies comes out as gay

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  1. Keith Lynwood 28 Feb 2011, 10:49am

    My heartiest congratulations….well done lets hope it is the first of many

  2. I wish him well – I guess by coming out the threat of being ‘outed’ by the media or others has been taken away.

    What pressure he must have been under. Hopefully he can get on with his life.

  3. Congrats to Steven – hopefully he’ll wonder what the fuss was about in a few weeks time, especially if the team do well at the world cup!

  4. Chutney Bear 28 Feb 2011, 10:58am

    Fair play to him :) Hope it all works out,as they say up anyones gee who doesnt like it ! :)

  5. Jock S. Trap 28 Feb 2011, 10:59am

    Really pleased Steven Davies can now live his life being true to himself and others.

    Football is being left far behind on discrimination and it shows.

  6. Well done mate best descision you’ll probally ever make

  7. The sportsman’s closet door is beginning to squeak open.

  8. Congratulations to Steven. Hopefully this will be a big step in encouraging others to do the same.

      1. martyn notman 28 Feb 2011, 11:48am

        omg nearly wet myself reading that!

      2. westcoastkid 28 Feb 2011, 4:25pm

        here we come… “Put on something nice.” LOVED IT!

    1. Dr Robin Guthrie 28 Feb 2011, 12:15pm

      What a lot of blinkered sh!t.

    2. I really didn’t expect to see this kind of nonsense being peddled here – what a shame you have so much time on your idle lazy bigoted hands……..

    3. Seriously?

      Seriously Massive, this is the best response you can come up with to someone saying “no” to homophobia and discrimination and striking a blow for their personal freedom by coming-out publicly?

      *sigh*

    4. An excellent article would not be so clearly full of holes in logic and jumps to unsupported conclusions.

      Homework for you, Massive. Read the article again and spot all the flaws. As there are so many, there’ll be no more homework for the rest of the week.

    5. westcoastkid 28 Feb 2011, 4:28pm

      A… stream of bigoted sh*t.

    6. The Rev J R Boyer 28 Feb 2011, 6:59pm

      The author is a member of the advisory board, Rhode Island Chapter of the National Organization for Marriage. NOM is about one breath away from being classified as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Conference (as the Family Research Council and others were this past year).
      And “Anglican Mainstream” is allied with the specious American Anglican Council (the schismatic group that split from the American Episopalian Church over ordaining women and queers).
      “Massive” FAIL.

    7. Mumbo Jumbo 28 Feb 2011, 7:31pm

      Shouldn’t you be making Stephen’s dinner Mrs Green?

  9. This is an important step in the right direction.

    Hopefully he will be supported by the ECB if a similar situation arises to that of Gareth Thomas’ crowd abuse at Castleford, where the club got fined by the authorities.

    This is currently where the FA is failing gay footballers and gay people in general as they are tolerating homophobia in football, hence no out footballers.

    1. Football is a rough and silly sport thats stuck in the dark ages and will die a slow lingering death if Murdoch loses his bid for sky.

  10. Massive, what a ridiculous article. I stopped reading after the mention of a “former lesbian.”

    Well done to Steven Davies, I don’t follow sport but it does seem to be (next to the religious lot) the most homophobic area of our society. A positive message to be sending out to sports followers across the country – sexuality does not effect sporting ability.

  11. Why do people like Steven Davies still need to out themselves publicly. He was right to tell his teammates and those close to him, but why is his sexuality making the news pages in this day and age? We are no longer living in the Dark Ages where sexuality is concerned, and have come to a point where we really are starting to ram homosexuality down people’s throats. I detect a backlash, when celebs start publicly declaring “I’m straight”. After all, what’s good for the goose is good for the gander. Let’s stop getting so hung up about our sexuality. “Gay” as an expression of our sexuality is already on the way out anyway as people wake up to the fact that sexuality is a fluid thing, and that most men who sleep with men do not identify with the gay lifestyle/culture or its trappings. They enjoy sex with men, but just don’t want to be sucked into the politicising, body fascism, material shallowness and/or destructiveness that the gay label is so invariably tarnished with. Chill out, guys!

    1. Not living in the dark ages eh tell that to Ian Bayham

    2. Jock S. Trap 28 Feb 2011, 12:44pm

      Idiot!!

      Society dictates and assumes we are all straight Unless we state otherwise. So you could say that it is straight people at fault for making such labels.

      Everyone has the right to be happy as they are and publically. Why can’t a straight man show his happiness publically for the woman he loves but a man cannot do the same? Why can’t two men be shown for being a couple without the stupid comment of ‘ramming homosexuality down our throats’.

      Its about Equality not separation, as for the ‘Gay lifestyle bit what crap.

      It is clear you know nothing about the LGBT community nor Equality.

      Seriously how pathetic can you get.

    3. I detect a backlash, when celebs start publicly declaring “I’m straight”.

      They do that all the time. Wake up and smell the coffee.

    4. No, we’re not living in the Dark Ages. But homosexuality continues to be a dividing opinion across all major elements of our species – politics, law, religion etc. Friendships, families, lives, careers and basic human rights have been won and lost over the issue, and the battle ground is far from being a field of poppies going into 2011.

      People like Steven Davies are admired and supported by a great deal of straight people who are not necessarily homophobic, but merely ignorant to gay people. When people like him come out, it will make some people stop and think, “Oh, being gay isn’t a big deal after all, I hadn’t thought of that before.” Or a young gay man struggling with his sexuality will realise his goals are achievable irrespective of being gay. The positive message people like him coming out brings is immeasurable, but no doubt positive and should be supported and encouraged by anyone who supports equal rights for gay people.

      1. Chris

        Go to any town centre after dark on a Friday and Saturday night and kiss your same sex partner. You will see just how dreadful this society can be. Oh and my mate got beaten up recently on the way home from work

        1. I wasn’t denying that homophobia is still rampant in the UK? Particularly when 20 year old lads get mixed with alcohol. I only ever go to straight clubs in my local town (I’m 23), and I’ve kissed guys in them before and got abuse for it – luckily never physical. My best friend and his boyfriend got beaten up on new years eve 2009 by a gang of four, slap bang in the middle of our so-called “leisure park”. So, I am more than aware of how dreadful society can be. On the other hand, as someone who goes out probably 3-4 times a week, I would still say the majority of people I meet either don’t care I behave positively towards my sexuality, which is a tad better than what was happening in the Dark Ages ;)

          1. or* behave positively….

          2. Chris – ‘straigt clubs’ is by definition impossible. Surely, you mean… mainstream?

    5. Just come out William! You say “Chill out!”, but you seem the only one here who’s uptight about it. Really, it’s ok to be gay without living in drag pubs, saunas and Harvey Nick’s! Most of the commentators here are not scene-queens either. Relax!

  12. Right and I know it’s their own business etc etc but I’d like to see the many other sportsmen/women who are gay do the same.
    That way it’d all be over and done with.
    Steven has been brave and brave at an age when a lot of people still dont’ know whether they are Arthur or Martha.
    Onwards and Upwards

  13. Truly, the part of our out community is made up of heroes.

    Another Hero has joined us.

  14. YAY! Must have been hard to live with his sexuality as a secret for so long. Good for him. I would imagine it’d be quite scary to come out when you’re in a rather ‘macho’ world!

  15. I saw Steve’s interview online with the Telegraph. What a humble guy. When asked if it really mattered he said no. Well that’s true – to a straight audience it shouldn’t but to a gay audience it mattters enormously. It matters to have role models who are internationally recognized talents …and they are gay.
    What also matters and is a great thing to see is the way his team have supported him. Exactly what teams should be about. This story also recognizes the importance of great coaches in supporting players in being different and equal. Congratulations Steve!!

  16. Jock S. Trap 28 Feb 2011, 1:30pm

    Oo-er I just had a thought…

    I hope Mickey Rourke doesn’t change his mind who he wants to play!!

    1. westcoastkid 28 Feb 2011, 7:32pm

      If that movie with Rourke ever comes to fruition I will be the first in line to see it when it plays in my neighborhood theater. Rourke playing a gay man… can’t wait for that.

  17. Well done, Steven! A baby step forward in the right direction to make it better for tomorrow’s sportsmen and women to take that first stop. Encouraging!

  18. Well played Steven and welcome OUT.

    It really is cricket… (except for the bigots for whom it will definitely still be ‘not cricket’. …..sad )

    Always did like the middle wicket … (I know, ‘groan’)

  19. jonnielondon 28 Feb 2011, 2:56pm

    Thank you, Steven Davies! You are a trailblazer and a very courageous man! All the best to you.

  20. Great News!!!

    At last, an openly gay Cricketer . . .

  21. Well done, young man. At last someone brave enough to come out long BEFORE their career is over!

    1. Well, let’s hope so!

  22. Good Lad.
    All the very best.

  23. Well done Steven. Well done. Now play your real game

  24. Well done, Steven, and congratulations. You won’t regret it. Being truthful to yourself is something so refreshing, you’ll wonder why you remained troubled and concerned for people who don’t matter in your life, for so long.
    On another matter, i fail to see how this great story has brought about so much venom by a few people, about something completely different.
    Come on, guys – it’s Steven’s story and HIS time to shine in his own light.

  25. Owzat!! Well done Steven Davies, now you can focus on playing national and international level cricket without the closet door banging in the background.
    He’s just hit a six for gay athletes!

  26. norhingpetty 28 Feb 2011, 5:51pm

    Bravo, Mr. Davies-

  27. zygo ville 28 Feb 2011, 6:14pm

    A courageous and hugely welcome coming out there by Steven Davies. One day, this won’t be newsworthy, but until it is, thank goodness for heroes like him.

  28. Glad this fella was able to do this. however cricket still sucks tho!

  29. Makes a welcome relief from Jessie J, Lady Gaga and the likes proclaiming their ‘bisexuality’ for a few headlines and the cover of Maxim or Nuts magazine.

  30. Chris – ” When people like him come out, it will make some people stop and think, “Oh, being gay isn’t a big deal after all…””

    On the contrary, by publicly coming out Steven Davis IS making a big deal of his sexuality. Why is it necessary in this day and age? People by and large accept there are gay people living quiet lives in all spheres of society. It’s only when they shout about it that people get disgruntled. Out and out, 100% homosexually-oriented/gay identified folk – number less than 3% of the population, yet we want to ram our presence down people’s throats as though we comprised 50%. We will never be equal in that respect, the numbers just don’t add up. All we should be demanding is tolerance and the right to live our lives in peace and free of fear of homophobic aggression. I mean, it’s come to the point now where I squirm at the way EastEnders’ scriptwriters are desperately trying to keep Christian and Syed’s relationship relevant, just to appease Stonewall’s lobbyists!

    1. You are a pathetic coward.

    2. They call it Stockholm Syndrome, James :-)

      Percentages have nothing to do with the rights we accord to people. What does ‘ram the presence of our existence’ mean to you? care to give examples? I don’t see any evidence of it. it’s the church of england that obsesses on homosexuality, not gay people

  31. Check out a pathetic article from the Shropshire Express and Star: http://www.expressandstar.com/blogs/2011/03/01/entire-england-cricket-squad-gay/#comment-362232 I have just responded on there reply section on how pathetic this ‘written’ article by Peter Rhodes was! After 1 minute it was removed! Clearly they don’t like to be challenged! Bombard there reply section!

    1. Actually that article is quite funny. Just a play on the word gay. Nothing defamatory there except the analysis of the England cricket team’s recent performance. Lighten up a bit. ;-)

  32. SteveDenver 1 Mar 2011, 9:25pm

    I am happy for him, he’s beautiful and now he can be happy.

    He also represents growing self-awareness that it is not okay to repress oneself for decades, as once was common. “GAY is happening all around and I want to be part of it.”

  33. Good on ya Steven :) xxx

  34. Well done!

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