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Gay Footballer Robbie Rogers Proud of Jason Collins; Speaks to Anderson Cooper : VIDEO


AC360 aired Anderson Cooper's interview last night with Robbie Rogers, the footballer who came out in February and promptly retired. The interview was supposed to air earlier this month but was preempted by the tragic bombings in Boston.

Jason Collins' coming out, however, provided a perfect opportunity to air the clip because in it Rogers discusses having to live a straight stereotype while playing professionally. It would be really nice for CNN to post some longer clips of these interviews.


In related news, Rogers spoke with E! News about Collins:

I think I was surprised like everyone else. Obviously, I know what it is like going through being gay and being a professional athlete and being closeted and all the emotions and all the thoughts that go through your mind. I don't know him, but I was very happy and proud for him. But most of all, I was happy that our society gave him such a positive response including athletes from all over the world on Twitter. Society is really changing, people are moving along and accepting gay athletes and I think more athletes will follow in his footsteps.

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  1. Rogers does sound crazy still.....drugs?...

    Posted by: Alan Brickman | Apr 30, 2013 9:14:14 AM

  2. Perhaps Robbie Rogers will be inspired by Jason Collins and the positive support he's received and will reconsider his retirement.

    Posted by: ripper | Apr 30, 2013 9:30:51 AM

  3. Alan Brickman, do you always have to be so miserable?

    I don't get people who come on here, and take precious moments of their life to post negative comments on a perfectly positive story like this?

    Do you REALIZE your time on this planet is short and you're wasting it on being miserable and consistenly negative?

    Posted by: Allstart505 | Apr 30, 2013 10:15:33 AM

  4. I'm so proud to be a member of this community; between Jason Collins, Robbie Rogers, Anderson Cooper. Confident, educated, talented men comfortable in their sexuality and self.

    Posted by: Steve-ATL | Apr 30, 2013 10:16:28 AM

  5. Great segment.

    My heart fills with emotions knowing how many LGBT died while not being allowed to be themselves, especially in previous generations. But I'm filled with joy for our future.

    Posted by: Jackson | Apr 30, 2013 10:17:24 AM

  6. Lovely clip actually. And this guy is absolutely beautiful. Then again, so is Anderson, and Collins. We sure do grow them attractive in the gayberhood ;)
    Thoroughly Appreciating all these thoughtful interviews regarding our LGBT story, which so often gets untold.

    Posted by: GenerationNow | Apr 30, 2013 10:33:30 AM

  7. Soccer is my life. He needs to come back! He has raw talent and can really shine, especially now with him having this weight off his shoulders.

    Posted by: Los Angelino | Apr 30, 2013 10:39:14 AM

  8. Robbie, if you see this, please consider getting back on the field. Not only for the inspiration it would serve, but as you said yourself, you still thrive off playing and sincerely love the sport. We'd be right here supporting you as a community, and you earned the right to play again. Congrats and well wishes on this new chapter in your life full of authenticity.

    Posted by: Drake | Apr 30, 2013 10:40:36 AM

  9. God, he's cute!

    Posted by: Mona | Apr 30, 2013 10:48:38 AM

  10. Effing ADORABLE on top of being talented and brave. Just gorgeous.

    Posted by: SilentJay | Apr 30, 2013 11:16:40 AM

  11. Jesus Christmas, he's good looking.

    Posted by: Joe | Apr 30, 2013 11:42:06 AM

  12. Awww, man, again CNN didn't upload the whole interview. Robbie talked about having accepted himself and being happy to be gay and I have to say he and Anderson had great chemistry and got really flirty. Such a nice, sensitive and charming interview from both sides. AC is by far the best guy to talk to when it comes to coming out stories, gay rights issues and interviews in general that require a compassionate, classy interviewer.

    Both Robbie and Jason are very brave guys and I hope Robbie will play again after taking some time off to process things. That's no age for a footballer (soccer player).

    Posted by: Jake | Apr 30, 2013 11:46:53 AM

  13. Maybe Jason Collins' action will encourage him to continue to play, since it will have taken some of the pressure off of him.

    Regardless, great to see young, masculine gay men we can all be proud of for a change, rather than just effeminate queens who do nothing but embarrass us and make it harder for society to like and accept us.

    Posted by: Rick | Apr 30, 2013 12:27:11 PM

  14. The first comment is not by Alan Brickman, but by "Little Kiwi" aka Raymond Miller, a failed actor from Toronto living in NYC. Miller is a troubled individual who likes to post offensive comments under other peoples' names.

    Posted by: The Real Alan Brickman | Apr 30, 2013 12:33:51 PM

  15. @The Real Alan Brickman: It looks like I owe you an apology. I have on several occasions criticized you for comments that may have been made by the devious Little Kiwi. People who visit this site regularly know that Little Kiwi posts often vile and negative comments in other people's names. He also uses many aliases to "gang up" on someone with whom he disagrees. Something he frequently accuses others of doing. It is unfortunate that such a devious person posts on this site because it makes it difficult to understand the real opinions of many of the posters.

    Posted by: andrew | Apr 30, 2013 1:16:35 PM

  16. Here is the full interview which is a couple of minutes longer:

    Posted by: Jake | Apr 30, 2013 3:16:23 PM

  17. Heavy sigh, Rick. You're sad and pathetic, but at least you're consistent.

    Robbie Rogers may be an athlete, but he's hardly a beacon of masculinity. He has his own fashion line for gawd's sake.

    He has diverse interests... you know, like people in the real world, not the black and white make-believe world you seem to inhabit.

    Posted by: ripper | Apr 30, 2013 3:33:07 PM

  18. @ripper: I think he means mannerism and type, not his interests (besides, what kind of celebrity does their own fashion design? They just give their name for the stuff). He's definitely not an effeminate queen.

    Posted by: Jake | Apr 30, 2013 4:40:09 PM

  19. No, Rick means interests. He is certifiable.

    Posted by: ripper | Apr 30, 2013 4:52:49 PM

  20. @Rick

    This struggle isn't about society liking us or accepting us. It's about equality under the law. For all LGBT people. And nobody has to meet your approval for a masculinity standard to be included. Your hatred of gender non conformity or effeminate behavior based on a masculinity index is no better than hatred based on a religious standard.

    As 8 year old Boston Marathon victim Martin Richard's sign says: No More Hurting People

    Stop hating

    Posted by: JONES | Apr 30, 2013 7:21:15 PM

  21. good for him. and good for all of us. and yes, darn it --he so damned cute!!!! whoa baby.

    Posted by: tinhouston | Apr 30, 2013 11:00:02 PM

  22. Weird. There is a report that Robbie is out training as a "special guest" with the LA Galaxy today. So take that for what you will.

    Posted by: Bollux | May 1, 2013 4:34:15 PM

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