Robbie Rogers didn't expect to be by himself for long. Rogers, a midfielder for the Los Angeles Galaxy, made headlines in when he revealed he was gay. A few months later, when NBA center Jason Collins came out and NFL defensive end Michael Sam did the same in , there was a prevailing feeling that sports in America had turned a corner and were ready for a wave of professional athletes to come out of the closet and live their lives free from burden. Multiple active WNBA players have come out and thrived over the last decade, setting an example for young women everywhere. The few men who have tried on a professional level have met resistance. Collins is now retired from the NBA.
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As LGBT rights progress, why do gay athletes remain in the closet? - Chicago Tribune
However, all 50 states have elected openly LGBT people to political office in some capacity, and 48 states have elected openly LGBT people to one or both houses of the state legislature. Grenell's position was temporary, and never put forward for Senate confirmation. As of the elections, the legislatures of 48 states have had at least one openly LGBT member; the first out person to serve in each of those states is listed here. The sole remaining states that have never had an openly LGBT state legislator are Mississippi and Louisiana; Mississippi has, however, had legislators who came out as gay after the end of their term in the legislature, or were outed after their deaths.
As LGBT rights progress, why do gay athletes remain in the closet?
Some gay men find that they have trouble making friends with guys after they come out. Making new friends with women is easy, but when it comes to approaching a guy, it's close to impossible to start a conversation. Thus, it is not possible to meet new guys and even a possible relationship. What has gone wrong and how can you correct it?
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