It’s Time For Gay Pro-Athletes to Come Out of the Closet

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About Liam Day

Liam Day has been a youth worker, teacher, campaign manager, political pundit, communications director, and professional basketball player. His poems have appeared at Slow Trains Apt, and Wilderness House Literary Review. His op-eds and essays have appeared in Annalemma Stymie, the Boston Globe and Boston Herald. He lives in Boston, where he works as a public health professional. He is the Sports Editor at The Good Men Project. You can follow him on Twitter at @LiamDay7.


  1. I agree that it would be a good thing if any gay man or woman would feel free enough to be open about his sexual orientation. Personally, I think that better than an athlete coming out if would be awesome if the Pope came out of the closet. But that aside.

    I wonder, and this is a question to gay readers, would it be possible that there are REALLY no gay professional athlete’s in team sports?

    I am from Amsterdam, I am straight and I work out. In my gym the majority of the men are gay and it has been like that since the 90′s; AIDS made them want to feel strong. So they have been my gym buddies for 2 decades. Many of them are vain, train super hard, eat right, everything. Great athletes. I know them as great dancers too. So they can be competitive, disciplined, talented, muscular, flexible, everything. Still, I can’t imagine them in the Dutch national football team. Because I can’t imagine them spending their complete childhood and teenage years being happy and motivated in a straight environment. If I was gay I think it would make me unhappy. Is this true for gay men?

    If you can play, you can play. But do you WANT to play in an environment that you don’t really relate to?

    I do believe that for individual sports like swimming, gymnastics, running the threshold might be lower. Don’t know if these sports have more gay athletes or not.

  2. Richard Aubrey says:

    It’s nobody’s business.

  3. John Anderson says:

    I never understood why that was a problem with the four major sports leagues. There are openly gay people at my work and I don’t feel any more self conscious around them in front of the urinals than I do with straight guys. In the military or another setting, I could understand the embarrassment of showering with openly gay people some might have. I’d imagine it would be similar to the embarrassment one might feel showering in front of a woman. In professional athletics, there are women and cameras in the locker room (I don’t agree that they should be in there, but they are.) so what’s the big deal?


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