Thursday, April 11, 2013

He's here, he's queer, and he's got a 99 mph fastball

Get over it.

No less a cultural arbiter than the New York Times has weighed in on the gay athlete issue. And it is a bit of a mystery that there's never been a pro athlete in North America who has come out during his playing days.

Then again, maybe it isn't. The upper reaches of professional jock culture are chock full of iconic he-men who are relentlessly marketed to a pretty stunned fan demographic; homophobic couch jocks.

If gayness presents in professional athletes at the same rate it does in the general population, there must be at least a couple hundred professional gay athletes in the major leagues of North American sports.

Pretending they don't exist doesn't help anyone.

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