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4 Reasons April was Amazing for Gay Acceptance in Sports

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2) NFL Hopeful Comes Out As He Waits to be Drafted

Alan Gendreau is a 23-year-old former kicker for Middle Tennessee State and leading scorer in Sun Belt Conference history. After time away from the game, Gendreau would now like to approach the big leagues in as authentic a way as possible. That’s why he went public last week as a draft pick hopeful who is, incidentally, gay.

The following is a video interview released by Outsports, who first published Gendreau’s story:

Sadly, Gendreau didn’t get picked this time around.

“Just an FYI. I am NOT a part of the NFL draft. I am training right now with hopes of landing a tryout at a training camp in a couple months!” he wrote on Twitter.

The very fact, however, that he felt he could come out prior to draft selection and still be in with a shot at being signed speaks to the changing landscape within major league sports where gay inclusion is now regularly a part of media and, crucially, policy discourse.

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5:08AM PDT on May 7, 2013

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3:25AM PDT on May 6, 2013

Thanks Steve.

4:01PM PDT on May 4, 2013

A SHOWER of green stars to Lyn B, who quietly and truthfully expresses the WHY so many of you ''Christians"" whine about when you insist that same-sex couples are ''jamming their lifestyle down our throats!"

3:58PM PDT on May 4, 2013

When the bible bangers stop insisting that the entire world must live by their hypocritical rules...that's when!

3:11PM PDT on May 4, 2013

When will the time for sexual preference not become a major media event?

3:48AM PDT on May 4, 2013

Good for Nike! Really! It's good to see players feeling that they can be who they really are without fear.

And Carol M, it WASN'T "made known that Tim Tebow is an Xian" he flouted it on the playing field. Rubbed in it everyone's face in inappropriate ways DURING the game. So get over it. No one asked Tebow to hide that he was Xian, they just expected him not to turn his religion into game-time theater.


1:22AM PDT on May 3, 2013

Thanks for sharing.

12:51AM PDT on May 3, 2013

Thanks for sharing.

12:16AM PDT on May 3, 2013

Additionally, and I've posted this before, it's also all the little things straight people take for granted like being able to walk hand in hand with your partner possibly also along with your child/children without being beaten up or killed for doing so.

We come out so we can have the same types of pictures on our desks/walls at work; pictures of us on vacation with our partner or our partner and our children or dogs or whatever!
So we can safely come to the holiday party with our significant other/partner/husband/wife.
So we can get married if we love that deeply.
So we can have a family if that's what we truly want.
So we can have equal rights when it comes to the law.
So we can be in a hospital and NOT have our life partner denied the right to see me, to help me, to love me. To have that same partner be able to make life/death decisions instead of strangers or worse, family who Hate me!
So we can go to a restaurant, a sporting event and again NOT DIE or be beaten up for doing so.
And yes, it's STILL that dangerous for all of us, LGBTQ's, JUST depending on who we sit next to, what city/state/country we live in.
And I'm not talking even talking about PDA's (public displays of affection). I'm just saying holding hands. Now mind you, ALL of us LGBTQ's have to put up with hetereosexual PDA's ALL THE TIME! Sometimes some of the grossest stuff imaginable!

None of us want to "flaunt" our sex lives. What we want is equality.

12:11AM PDT on May 3, 2013

This post is in response to "why must sexual preferences be shared".
I have shared most of this before but obviously it bears repeating.


I agree that we shouldn't have to tell or share all of our "business" although that's EXACTLY what Everyone does anyway, currently via social media. BUT the reality is that if people stay silent, nothing changes.

The point of celebrating people with high visibility (actors, athletes, politicians, etc) coming out is that it helps to put a face to the label, to the idea or concept. It helps humanize the label.
It starts to show that although someone says that they don't know anyone that's gay or bi or fill in the blank, that, Yes, they Do know someone and maybe today that someone is only on the tv but that may make them realize that they Do know someone in "real" life.

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