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Even though only 19 percent of Americans surveyed by the Public Religion Research Institute said they would oppose a lesbian or gay athlete signing onto a professional sports team, there are still many obstacles that exist to LGBTQ players being out in pro sports. Women have been coming out publicly in professional sports for yearsbut men in the big leagues have faced a great deal of obstacles keeping their positions on teams. As more and more professional athletes are coming out, what are the legal rights and difficulties of LGBTQ athletes in professional sports?
But over time, I lost touch with my inner sporty girl. I accepted the invite, but I had no idea how special that day would end up being. I had never seen anything like it; it was like an all-lesbian reboot of your local sports bar on any given Sunday.
In the days following his coming out, former Missouri defensive end Michael Sam has enjoyed an outpouring of support from current NFL players and fans alike. With this announcement, he will become the first active openly gay male athlete in American professional sports — a major milestone for the LGBT community. Sam is in a position to become an ambassador for the gay community by breaking down stereotypes that perpetuate the notion that gayness and traditional conceptions of masculinity associated with football are mutually exclusive traits. But while this is a great step forward in the realm of men's professional sports, gay female athletes have had a long, and much less publicized, history of similarly groundbreaking progress in fighting for equal rights.
To print the story please do so via the link in the story toolbar. Women as a whole have faced many obstacles in the world of sports. They have been forced to undergo sex testing to prove they are indeed females, for instance.
McGill, and Josh Fletcher Pat Griffin, a pioneer of addressing gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer LGBTQ issues in college athletics, described the shame, fear, and self-loathing that she felt as a closeted lesbian student athlete in the mids, as well as the fear of being discovered This problem is deeply rooted and impacts the psychological, academic, and athletic development of student athletes.
This occurs across a broad swathe of regions and countries, and is in marked contrast to the situation in men's professional sports. In fact, women's football had the most out players of all sports included in the Olympic Summer Games. The reason for this is entirely because of the culture of acceptance within the governing bodies of the sport, the teams, and among the players themselves.
We now live in a time where athletes are not as scared to come out. Some even feel it is part of their duty to help younger LGBT athletes realize they can dream big and have role models to look up to. Whether these lesbian athletes are stars in the realms of soccer, basketball, or tennis, their personal stories and advocacy for gay rights make them inspirations for sports fans all over the world.
Sports Medicine - Open. DecemberCite as. In comparison to their heterosexual peers, lesbian, gay, and bisexual LGB student-athletes encounter substantial challenges during their intercollegiate and professional athletic careers including detrimental stereotypes, harassment, and discrimination.