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Gay Author Discusses Potential Impact Of Out Athletes

HuddleIt is generally assumed that when big stars or public figures come out, it makes it easier for younger generations to do the same. Author Eric Anderson, a former high school coach whose coming out made headlines in the 1990s, says he's not convinced that the case, particularly when it comes to sports fan.

Rather, he thinks a sports figure's coming out will have more of an impact on older fans. That is, of course, assuming an athlete still. From Anderson's commentary at The New York Times:

It’s hard for me to suggest that gay public figures have a moral obligation to come out. Personally, I wish they would, however. It is a long-standing sociological finding that when liked people come out, it reduces prejudice. I’m not convinced that an openly gay sports star would have much impact on today’s youth, but it might make a difference for those who grew up in a more homophobic generation.

Whichever gay male athlete comes out first, he will find himself similarly sought by the media for input on all types of L.G.B.T. matters. Only after a few professional male athletes come out will the media care less. Future openly gay male athletes will have to rely on athletic talent to earn celebrity status, not their sexuality.

This assumes, of course, that an athlete comes out while they're still playing their field.

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  1. 30 years old, I knew it. [rolls eyes for 5 minutes]

    I'd been out to my family and relatives for 7 years by the time you were spawned and you were 3 when I came out to the wider gay "community", so spare me your "I'm more activist than you" nonsense. I told you why I'm not posting my blog URL just so you'll stop your "URL! URL!" screeching and if you don't like that reason, too damn bad, little boy.

    "if you do not feel that grown adults should be Coming Out and helping the younger generations by putting a face and name to "What Gay Is" "

    Good god, do you have a reading comprehension problem or are you just a troll who reads what they want to?

    My stance is very clear: a majority of people are at various stages of coming out along a spectrum, a spectrum that takes in age, class, race, location, nationality and a whole other host of factors.

    I gave up years ago reaching out to kids, I got tired of being called a pedophile and being mocked because I was in my late 40's, which to them meant I might as well have been born in 1742.

    You're boring, you assume Rick is not out without any proof that he isn't other than he's a rightwing nutjob, you laughingly assume I'm not out, but why should anyone come out to you other than to shut you up? The most hilarious part is that you think that someone posting their URL is the be all and end all.

    My friends run a gay sports website and they got egg all over their face in 2010. Some "kid" with a URL, claiming to be a teen ice hockey player, got play on their site and it blew up, the "kid's" blog became a place for other gay "kids" to hang out. Well, turns out that "kid" was a 48 year old dude in Minneapolis who made the whole thing up. It blew up when he "fell in love" with one of those kids who posted at his blog. Read about it here:

    http://tinyurl.com/2fort8v

    So, spare me BullyKiwi with your URL screeching, a URL is NOTHING.

    Posted by: Henry Holland | Jul 2, 2012 7:40:16 PM


  2. i call your bluff. you write an essay to excuse from proving your statements true. fail for you. at life.

    :D

    keep it up with the fake-life for this profile name. if you need to vicariously live through this then by all means, i won't rob you of it.

    and keep being obsessed with me. at least i'm of legal age, whereas apparently your previous targets-of-obsession were just young'uns.

    perv.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Jul 2, 2012 7:54:29 PM


  3. Thank you ArslochKiwi, for reminding me why the idea of a gay "community" is a big, fat stinking lie.

    Posted by: Henry Holland | Jul 2, 2012 8:14:48 PM


  4. only to you. i rather love my life and my community :D

    the community is what you make of it. you've never dipped a toe in and make excuses and lies to not take part.

    keep it up. you're not missed. at all.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Jul 2, 2012 8:22:19 PM


  5. "you've never dipped a toe in and make excuses and lies to not take part"

    Says the 30 year old loser who was sucking on his mom's tits while I was out marching and passing out pamphlets and spending endless nights doing cold calls to get out the vote. You poor thing, you missed the golden days of activism, all you have little kids have now is stupid blogs and the Occupy hippies.

    Posted by: Henry Holland | Jul 2, 2012 8:29:24 PM


  6. HENRY HOLLAND - good for you, you've won all these rounds with Little Pig...by far, BY FAR, the most insufferable ass, spoiled rich kid imaginable. We all call his bluff.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Jul 2, 2012 11:46:05 PM


  7. *elegant curtsy*

    feel free to show and share the wealth of incredible work you've done, under this fake alias you've created for your troll collection.

    :D
    i mean, hey, why not back up your claims with citations and proof, eh? ;-) oh, trolls hate backing things up ;-)

    oh, Sybil and her many many voices in her head!
    may you and the various anonymous-handles you live vicariously through have a lovely sunny afternoon. in the dark. in the closet.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Jul 3, 2012 11:56:43 AM


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