“I thought that I didn’t need to come out… But I remember how much other’s stories have helped me in my darkest times to have hope.”
A high school swimmer named Hunter Sigmund was closeted and scared until he came out to Jake Bain, the openly gay football captain — then they began dating
Retired wrestler Matt Cage just slammed our hearts to the mat (in a good way) when he posted this cute photo of he and his dad on a double-date
Michael Kopech, a pitcher for the Chicago White Sox, has apologized for racist and homophobic tweets he made when he was a teenager
UFC Fighter Bryce Mitchell just posted a horrifying photo of his bloody undies after mutilating his scrotum with a hand-drill
Former Pro Hockey Player Dons Drag and Lip Syncs ‘I Will Always Love You’ to Show How Stupid Homophobia Is
“There are things in the world that are more important than worrying about your image all the time,” former Edmonton Oiler Georges Laraque said. “If public figures don’t take part in the fight, how are things going to change?’
Professional English cricket player Ben Stokes was recently found innocent of public brawling after he defended two gay men from homophobic attackers
Dennis Philipse, the man who co-chaired the Gay Games Hong Kong bidding committee, explains why he fought to bring the world queer sporting event to Asia
In a new interview with a Swedish website, Anders Nilsson, the goalie for the Vancouver Canucks, condemns homophobia in hockey
“You can’t pander to the community and put it on the website saying there’s a ticket package and rainbow item. You have to practice what you preach.”
Our columnist and our photographer in France went to watch the Gay Games wrestling matches in Paris and got very turned on
The Gay Games cheerleaders mostly came from the U.S. to show their skills in Paris. But this isn’t your usual cheerleading: Sequins and queens take part.
Gay Sports, Gay Games and Out Athletes
As a lot of the sporting communities have been on the tail end of progress in regards to accepting the LGBTQ community, it’s even more important for us to cover all the breakthroughs in gay sports news.
Every culture loves to watch other people compete. Since the dawn of civilization, there have always been games and competitions for the public to enjoy. Members of the ancient Aztec civilization used to use bat balls at one another until it landed in a hoop. Today, we have dozens of different sporting events that are designed to capture the world’s attention. They draw massive crowds and millions of viewers on TV as we watch the greatest athletes in the world compete to be the best. There’s nothing ambiguous about sports. You either win or you lose and that’s what makes it all so interesting to millions of fans around the world.
The LGBTQ community has been on the outside of the professional sporting world for generations. Being “out of the closet” was simply out of the question for most professional athletes. The culture that we live in tends to associate sports with a particular kind of masculinity. This goes against commonly held stereotypes about the LGBTQ community. Basketball players and quarterbacks are strong machismos, while gay men are typically seen as weak or overly feminine.
But things are slowly starting to change. We now have several out and proud professional male and female athletes across the board. The professional sporting world has had to adapt to new ideas about homosexuality and gender roles. Gay men and women and suiting up and proving that they can be just as good, if not better than their straight counterparts.
Take a look at all of the ways that the world of gay sports and the LGBTQ community are coming together. From gay athletes to sexy photo ops, everyone in the LGBTQ community can find something to appreciate about the nature of competition. Take a stroll through our favorite gay moments from all things gay sports.