Last week with the help of Paddy Power, LGBT rights group Stonewall sent rainbow laces to all 92 Premier League clubs, Football League clubs, and the professional clubs in Scotland. Several Premier League clubs including Manchester United, Tottenham and Norwich, aren’t too happy with how Stonewall and Paddy Power rolled out the initiative and have refused to participate. Continue reading Premier League not happy with Rainbow Laces from Stonewall
In no great surprise, new research from sociologists at the universities of Kent and Winchester have found that young, soon-to-be professional football players (16-18 years-old, and ‘soccer’ players to Americans) are much more likely to openly accept gay players. Out of the 22 individuals interviewed, all said they supported one of their colleagues coming out.
Dr Roberts said: ‘The interview results were broadly consistent with other recent research on young British men of their age in that these men showed no overt animosity towards gay men.
Another chapter in the life of Robbie Rogers is soon to take a turn. This is a follow-up to the stories that Nathan Simpson posted back in March here.
Robbie Rogers is expected to join the Los Angeles Galaxy and become the first openly gay player on a major men’s professional team in North America. Continue reading Robbie Rogers | Set to Join Los Angeles Galaxy
Last February, Robbie Rogers wrote a letter coming out of the closet and announcing his retirement. Since then, the public hasn’t heard too much from him but today the silence was broken in a lengthy interview with The Guardian. He spoke about what it was like being a closeted footballer, and why he decided to come out and leave the sport he loves so dearly.
Rogers describes the “impossibility” of being out and playing soccer and what it was like in the locker room:
Robbie Rogers came out just a few days ago, and announced his retirement at the same time. Support has been pouring in for Rogers ever since, many hoping he will get back on the pitch and continue playing in the future. The New York Times has as many, many more!
Gay acceptance in sports!