Let’s get this started

Credit: Getty Images

Credit: Getty Images

A couple years ago, I started writing about sports from an LGBT perspective for Chicago Phoenix, not too long after the site launched.

The idea was to cover everything from recreational activities — the first story was about an organization that started with a kickball league in Humboldt Park — to the pros.

So much has happened since. Bill Gubrud has launched the National Gay and Lesbian Sports Hall of Fame, right here in Chicago.

Major League Soccer became the first of North America’s Big 5 pro sports leagues to have an active, openly gay player when Robbie Rogers took the field for the Los Angeles Galaxy after coming out while his contract rights belonged to the Chicago Fire.

Then during the last NBA offseason, Jason Collins came out; he remains officially active, waiting for a call to rejoin the league midseason as he has done before in his career.

And just in the past few days, the NFL found out it too would soon have a gay player when Missouri star defensive end Michael Sam told his coming-out story to ESPN and the New York Times ahead of this year’s draft combine.

The pace of change in the LGBT presence in mainstream sports — college and even high school athletes have come out in the past few months — has gone from glacial to warp speed in what seems like the blink of an eye. It feels like a watershed moment, much like it does with the freedom to marry movement.

Against that backdrop, it seems like the right time to boost our coverage of the LGBT sports scene. Expect some breaking news, some commentary and, hopefully, some conversations about where we are and where we’re going. It should be a fun ride.

 

There are 2 comments

  1. I marvel at the progress and feel humble about being part of the movement, as a player,sports reporter and inductee in the National Gay Sports Hall of Fame.

    I meant 21st Century… a senior moment or 420 after effect!

  2. I marvel at the progress and feel humble about being part of the movement, as a player,sports reporter and inductee in the National Gay Sports Hall of Fame.

    When I started OUT, it was with baby steps on the field,in the dugout and in the grandstands in the 1970s. Today in the first 14 years of the 20th Century we have seen Giant steps towards equal rights and acceptence by a good portion of the the mainstring press… I had a pro gay letter to the editor in Sports Illustrated in the 1980’s, now there are pro-gay stories on their cover. Playing in the first gay sports league in the mid-1970s and today over 50 Cities with sports leagues. Playing on the first gay senior softball team in 1979 and one of my teammates was Dr. Tom Waddell, the former U.S. Olympian who created the gay games. At 77 I think back to when I was a rookie at 38 and think of myself today as the gay Methuselah! How lucky I have been in the right place at the right time throughOUT my lifetime!

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