Well it hasn’t happened yet.
Tick tock, tick tock. We’re waiting.
Yes, but he is preparing the ground and making it easier for the first guy.
A few more barriers are are going to fall soon this time in sports. At least on this side of the “pond.” Steve Nash this week from the Phoenix Suns basketball team gives a gay positive interview and endorses equal marriage. The president of that same team came out of the closet completely about two weeks ago. He wasn’t outed or about to be so, he just decided it as time.
Sean Avery f the New York Rangers NHL team (ice hockey) came out emphatically in favour of gay marriage in the current debate in the debate in New York State. He has an ad running on You Tube It Gets Better.
Gay Pride (parade day that is) is July 3 in Toronto and front and centre with the PFLAG contingent will be Brian Burke, manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs NHL hockey team. He will be wearing a Leafs jersey and his entire presence will be dedicated to his son who was gay and tragically killed in a highway accident during a blizzard in New York.
Thanks for this great resumé, James…
and congratulations to Steve Nash.
Of note – all these guys are Canadian. They grew up with a slightly different perspective then those in the US. People should really look into Brian Burke and his (and his son’s) story. It’s sad and inspiring.
The Brian & Brendan Burke story truly is as you say both sad and inspiring. It was a very trying time for many. Brian Burke has since become a very strong and public supporter of gay rights. Slight misinformation on my part – Brendan was killed in Indiana not NY.
You’re right about all being Canadian – Burke was actually born in the US but has dual citizenship. Nash and Avery were both born here.
Toronto Maple Leafs also cooperated in a very funny indeed gay film called Breakfast with Scot.
A great little movie for sure. That the Maple Leafs readily agreed to having their name and team logo used didn’t come as that much of a surprise to most Torontonians. I can’t recall there being any negative feedback from the “jock” press.
So when can we expect the an openly Gay footballer in British football then?
I’m guessing 2205!
Let’s hope not that long. The football fan base – from what I have seen on TV – in Britain can be absolutely brutal.
Good to here.
It’s clear that Rick Welts has the respect he deserves, it’s not like it changes anything so not sure what the papers are expecting.
Too many bigots so it’s nice to see support.
Can a high profile gay footballer come out? Hear my interview on talkSPORT radio…