Subscriber Account active since. There are currently no out athletes in any of the four major American sports. During Rodman's NBA career, he spoke openly about partying at gay clubs, dressing in drag, and having sexual fantasies about men, though he denied being gay. Rodman told Business Insider that after the Sports Illustrated article came out, the cover of which showed him in lingerie, it opened up new doors between athletes and the LGBTQ community. I was dressing in women's clothes, I was doing lingerie and stuff like that and people in the gay community started embracing me," he continued. Dennis Rodman on a Sports Illustrated cover.
Jason Collins becomes the first openly gay NBA player - BBC News
Sure, there aren't as many LGBT folks as there are straight folks, but you still have to keep in mind that 10 million Americans, which is four percent of the population, identify as LGBT. The LGBT rights movements began to support bisexuals in , which caused an uproar among some folks, but it is what it is. It's fairly important for LGBT people to come out of the closet. They won't be accepted by everybody, but they'll at least get a heavy load off of their chest. This includes NBA players and just athletes in general. There's nothing wrong with either type of person.
NBA: Barrier-breaking Collins still awaits next openly gay athlete
Sports seemed like the last bastion of this sort of homophobia left in American life, but it did seem like that taboo was … loosening, at least, within sports culture. They seemed like just the start. They were not. Sam never played a regular-season down in the NFL, Collins played 22 games for the Nets, and … that was that. Obviously, there are gay players in these sports, surely dozens of them.
For the first time in the history, a male athlete has publicly announced that he is gay while still active in an American professional sport. That man is Jason Collins , who most recently played for the Washington Wizards. From his article in Sports Illustrated :. I'm a year-old NBA center. I'm black.