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Stanford Gymnast and Olympic Hopeful Josh Dixon: I'm Gay


Gymnast Josh Dixon is closer to qualifying for the Olympics:

Josh_dixonThe Stanford grad took a big step toward that goal at the U.S. Men’s Qualifier on Saturday in Colorado Springs, finishing second overall out of the 72 competitors. He also tied for wins in two events: floor exercise and high bar. It was a game-changing come-back performance for Dixon, who tore his Achilles tendon last spring.

And he'll be doing so as an out and proud gay man, as he's also now talking about his sexuality, Outsports reports:

If anything, the only homophobia he has encountered has been from within himself. He acknowledges he once felt internal pressure about being a gay man in what some label the “gay sport” of gymnastics. He didn’t want to fall into a stereotype. But he’s come to embrace it, and he says his sexual orientation now makes him stand out more at the elite level. While he stands out, he isn’t the only one. Dixon knows of at least three more still competing in college, and he says he is not the only elite-level American gymnast who is gay.

One concern that remains is the judges. Gymnastics is one of only a handful of Olympic sports hand out medals based on the scores of judges. While some claimed figure skater Johnny Weir’s perceived sexual orientation hurt him with the judges in the 2010 Winter Olympics, it certainly did not play a factor when Matthew Mitcham posted the highest-scoring dive in Olympic history in 2008.

When asked about the timing of this article and how it may affect his performance in the eyes of the judges or Olympic selection committee, Dixon had no fear.

Watch Dixon complete a pommel horse routine, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. cool dude!

    Posted by: Javier | May 7, 2012 10:13:01 AM

  2. rock ON!

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | May 7, 2012 10:14:02 AM

  3. Now there's a role model for today's gay youth.

    Posted by: carl | May 7, 2012 10:28:11 AM

  4. All the best to this handsome man.
    @Carl, yes indeed.

    Posted by: Matt26 | May 7, 2012 10:36:47 AM

  5. Good for him. The African-American community needs to have strong gay men who live their lives out and proud! He is what integrity looks like.

    Posted by: Dave | May 7, 2012 10:36:52 AM

  6. Don't you white gays have your own damn problems with the down low men in your own community...

    Posted by: Chitown Kev | May 7, 2012 10:44:44 AM

  7. The fear and bias is insidious: First, there are "gay sports". Second, athletes are judged on their perceived sexuality. Third, since the judges from a "gay sport" are usually former athletes of that "gay sport" many are presumably gay. Finally, gay athletes feel they have to stay in the closet to be judged fairly (by closeted gay judges!).

    If athletes came out as a group (assuming it was what they wanted to do), they could combat the problem within their own sport by removing this "perceived to be gay" bias. And yes, figure skating is the best/worst example.

    Posted by: Hue-Man | May 7, 2012 11:07:32 AM

  8. I wish the guy well, he seems like a good guy and it does take b*lls to 'come out' in a position like his, regardless of what some say.

    That said, a gay gymnast? Isn't that redundant? It's like saying a gay hairstylist or gay florist.

    Posted by: ratbastard | May 7, 2012 11:49:41 AM

  9. The US olympic team is normally so worried about its 'wholesome' image that he might have ruined his chances to make the team. I doubt they will let an out athlete on the team for fear it will dissuade sponsors and donors.

    Posted by: anon | May 7, 2012 12:20:47 PM

  10. A sport based on grace, agility, massive strength, pin point focus, superb discipline, individual effort and team comrade is labeled gay. That's what makes me so proud to be a gay man.

    Posted by: Joey | May 7, 2012 12:55:52 PM

  11. Good for you, Mr Dixon. Thank you for speaking out.

    Pommel horse is weird.

    But that's okay.

    Posted by: Glenn I | May 7, 2012 2:04:19 PM

  12. I know it takes months even years of practice but he made that pommel horse routine look so simple to do like a walk in the park,my best wishes for this young man and his future goals.

    Posted by: gb | May 7, 2012 2:18:56 PM

  13. Great, any and every out athlete regardless of the sport they are in is just another step forward to breaking the silence within athletics regarding our existence. I applaud your bravery Josh!

    Posted by: Francis | May 7, 2012 4:08:08 PM

  14. Best of all, no one (yet) has knocked his fellow competitors who have chosen to keep their sexuality private. Gymnastics is a pure and skilled art. Who needs or wants gays in certain sports, particularly American football anyway. Steroids, growth hormones, thuggish behavior (bounties to injure opponents), and hyper-hetero aggressive attitudes. Then they go bonkers in the head by age 40 or 50. Stick with the (so-called) "gay sports".

    Posted by: Contrarian | May 7, 2012 5:34:28 PM

  15. ... I saw him first Xp.....

    Posted by: Marc | May 7, 2012 9:53:19 PM

  16. A young handsome African America out gay athlete. Wow! What more could we gay folks ask for? I know that this old white guy will be rooting for JOSH DIXON. GO JOSH!!

    Posted by: andrew | May 7, 2012 11:10:02 PM

  17. Josh you are and will be a success no matter what happens at the olympics. I am an old white guy. However, i remember a song that talked about being "young,gifted and black", and WOW, that is you!

    Posted by: andrew | May 7, 2012 11:16:55 PM

  18. Is any body else tired of the stereotypes posted by Contrarain?

    Posted by: andrew | May 8, 2012 3:22:47 AM

  19. If you read the article linked you will find that Dixon is a gay African-Japanese-American adoptee. In other words, dude's American PLUS!! The melting pot personified. I know we'll all be cheering him on! Go Josh!

    Posted by: Mickle | May 8, 2012 8:37:24 AM

  20. DAMN, that dude is handsome!

    Posted by: Danny in the East Village3 | May 8, 2012 10:59:36 AM

  21. @Contrarain: This andrew didn't post that criticism of you. I guess there is another Andrew or somebody just likes to screw things up. Keep posting your opinions you are entitled to them.

    Posted by: andrew | May 9, 2012 2:47:52 AM

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