“It’s still taboo in the locker room.” explains The Clippers player Grant Hill
As gays and lesbians across the world are chipping aways at society’s ill feelings, some things will never change. In pro-sports being a proud gay male is still not accepted. In a recent article by The Los Angeles Times, journalist Kevin Baxter explores the homophobia on the playing fields. Baxter reports, “About 4,000 players spent time on active rosters in the NBA, NHL, NFL and Major League Baseball in 2012. With the best estimates of the gay/bisexual population in U.S. ranging from 2% to 10%, it’s likely many of those 4,000 athletes are gay or bisexual.”
While New England Patriots player Brandon Spikes jokes about being homophobic in a tweet, Torii Hunter (Angels Outfielder) believes a gay teammate will divide the team. “For me, as a Christian … I will be uncomfortable because in all my teachings and all my learning, biblically, it’s not right,” he says. “It will be difficult and uncomfortable.”
It took eight years for NFL player Wade Davis to reveal his true idenity to the world after injuries ended his football career. For year Davis played the role of being “hyper-masculine” to fit-in with the rest of his teammates. He was also warned, “If you want to make the team, stay away from people who are “different”" early in his NFL career. Davis knew “different” meant “gay” and he was indeed different but had to “police his behavior” as his career took off.
The LGBTQ community are making great strides in the never ending fight for our equality. In the world of pro sports we have yet to make an impact in the homophobic culture that plagues our fields and courts that we love and support so much. It will take more strong individuals like Wade Davis to help raise the awareness of our community and teach their teammates and the fans that we are no different from anyone else.
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