His dramatic, sharp movements — and facial expressions to match—emulate those of a professional dancer, at once complementing and contradicting his smooth, unfettered movement along the ice. He hides the technical difficulty of every jump and spin with head-flips and a commanding gaze, a performer as well as an athlete. There are gay role models at every turn — on television, on local sports, and in our communities. Even so, the last time that the United States sent an openly gay man to any Olympic Games was in , when equestrians Guenter Seidel and Robert Dover won bronze in team dressage. You just have to spend one day in the housing, the gyms, or at dinner to realize we're all over.
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Jason Collins, a free agent who played with the Boston Celtics and the Washington Wizards during the National Basketball Association's season, made history on April 29 when he became the first male professional athlete currently playing in the United States to announce he's gay. Though this is a monumental event for the sports and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities, many other athletes have come out of the closet in the past. In the slideshow below, check out 27 other athletes who have helped bring more attention to LGBT issues in sports by being open and honest about who they are. US Edition U. Coronavirus News U.
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NBA center Jason Collins on Monday announced that he's gay in a story for Sports Illustrated , becoming the first active player in one of the four major American professional team sports to announce that he is gay. But since I am, I'm happy to start the conversation," Collins wrote. Nobody has, which is why I'm raising my hand. Jason has been a widely respected player and teammate throughout his career and we are proud he has assumed the leadership mantle on this very important issue," Stern said in a statement. The NBPA is dedicated to fighting for the best interests of and uniting all players regardless of race, creed, color, age, national origin, or sexual orientation.
Throughout history, however, there have been athletes who have proudly stood up for who they are, and who have been supported by their teammates and fans. Billie Jean King is one of the most famous names in professional tennis. Over the course of her career, she earned 39 Gram Slam titles from to She also beat Bobby Riggs in the famous "Battle of the Sexes" match. But in , King was outed as a lesbian, and her publicists told her to deny the claim.