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Robbie Rogers Joins LA Galaxy, is First Openly Gay MLS Player

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According to the AP, out gay footballer Robbie Rogers will be returning to professional soccer, joining the LA Galaxy and becoming the first openly gay athlete to play in the MLS:

"I don't know what I was so afraid of," Rogers said Friday. "It's been such a positive experience for me. The one thing I've learned from all of this is being gay is not that big of a deal to people."

"People are just really growing and accepting and loving," he added. "Those other things are just not that important to them. I think as the younger get older and the generations come and go, I think times are just becoming more accepting."

As previously reported, Rogers recently trained with the Galaxy and rumors began to swirl that he would join the team.  Rogers, who had expressed reservations about pursuing a career on the field since coming out, told USA Today that his experience meeting LGBT youth helped change his mind:

“Rogers' epiphany to return to the game came when he spoke to a group of about 500 kids at the Nike Be True LGBT Youth Forum in Portland last month. 'I seriously felt like a coward...These kids are standing up for themselves and changing the world, and I'm 25, I have a platform and a voice to be a role model. How much of a coward was I to not step up to the plate?'"

Rogers' decision has also perhaps been bolstered by the outpouring of support he received since coming out this past February in addition to the support he saw for recently out NBA player Jason Collins.  Last month Rogers spoke to Anderson Cooper and Nightline about the struggles he faced living in the closet and his decision to come out.

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  1. Other people are interested in someone else's sexuality for about ten to fifteen seconds. Those who are obsessed with it have some hidden demons.

    I won't mention any names but they are all over the media, or out gay-bashing in the streets.

    Posted by: desmond | May 25, 2013 2:24:25 PM


  2. Enjoy the locker room Robbie.

    Posted by: B. Hill | May 25, 2013 2:24:46 PM


  3. Whoa this is awesome. Congrats to Robbie and to the LA Galaxy.

    Posted by: Jay | May 25, 2013 2:40:40 PM


  4. Whoa this is awesome. Congrats to Robbie and to the LA Galaxy.

    Posted by: Jay | May 25, 2013 2:40:41 PM


  5. The problem is the Galaxy are sending Mike Magee to Chicago. He's a well liked and clutch player, so fans are going to be upset and will take it out on Rogers instead of management. I wish Rogers the best and look forward to the season. He's so effing hot! (follow him on instagram)

    Posted by: Craig | May 25, 2013 2:43:19 PM


  6. Wow. This is great.

    Posted by: Matt26 | May 25, 2013 2:48:20 PM


  7. "I seriously felt like a coward...These kids are standing up for themselves and changing the world, and I'm 25, I have a platform and a voice to be a role model. How much of a coward was I to not step up to the plate?'"

    THIS. a thousand times.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | May 25, 2013 2:49:11 PM


  8. Effectively Robbie is the first openly gay athlete to pursue any professional sport whatsoever in America. That right there is history before our very own eyes. Best of luck Robbie, can't wait to watch you play.

    Posted by: Gast | May 25, 2013 2:55:55 PM


  9. Yea, Robbie Rogers! (((((Truly awesome man!))))) Congratulations to both you AND your coach. Will be following all of the LA Galaxy with new found enthusiasm!

    Posted by: Mike | May 25, 2013 3:24:20 PM


  10. Good for him. I wish him well.

    Posted by: fairi5fair | May 25, 2013 3:28:23 PM


  11. Robbie is precious.

    Innocent, kindhearted, full of trust and goodness. The next generation.

    He's symbolic of why we wage this war against the monsters created by hate mongers and also of why we will win.

    Watch over him Galaxy.

    Posted by: JONES | May 25, 2013 3:59:45 PM


  12. So proud of Robbie, but he has a lot of pressure on his shoulders considering who the Galaxy gave up to attain his services. The biggest sign of acceptance will be the reaction when/if Robbie struggles more than anything and if Magee does really well with Chicago. It's possible Robbie will be blamed if the Galaxy struggle, and that could get ugly.

    I'm so happy he's found love and acceptance, though. He's an inspiration!

    Posted by: Francis #1 | May 25, 2013 5:34:03 PM


  13. He came back for the book/movie deal....

    Posted by: Alan Brickman | May 25, 2013 8:33:05 PM


  14. He came back for the book/movie deal....

    Posted by: Alan Brickman | May 25, 2013 8:33:05 PM


    This.

    Posted by: Zeta | May 25, 2013 10:32:30 PM


  15. @Alan Brickman if you don't have anything positive to say, don't say it. That comment says more about you than it does about Robbie.

    Posted by: Gast | May 25, 2013 11:24:31 PM


  16. He's an attention whore.

    Posted by: Stav | May 25, 2013 11:31:06 PM


  17. A lot of people in the LGBT community don't like Robbie. It's interesting how Robbie has gotten, I won't say more, but an equal amount of positive/negative levels of reaction instead of overwhelmingly positive in the community.

    I understand the reasons some have for disliking Robbie, but this is a good deal for the community, in particular, gay youth. They need someone like Robbie because Jason Collins may never play again and he's old and unproductive anyway. We need a Robbie Rogers figure, an athlete at the prime of his career, openly gay, answering the questions, with support of his teammates and coaches. It's important. Robbie is going to help make it more normal for the next guy, and the next one after him.

    Posted by: Francis #1 | May 26, 2013 1:01:17 AM


  18. A lot of people in the LGBT community don't like Robbie. It's interesting how Robbie has gotten, I won't say more, but an equal amount of positive/negative levels of reaction instead of overwhelmingly positive in the community.

    I understand the reasons some have for disliking Robbie, but this is a good deal for the community, in particular, gay youth. They need someone like Robbie because Jason Collins may never play again and he's old and unproductive anyway. We need a Robbie Rogers figure, an athlete at the prime of his career, openly gay, answering the questions, with support of his teammates and coaches. It's important. Robbie is going to help make it more normal for the next guy, and the next one after him.

    Posted by: Francis #1 | May 26, 2013 1:01:17 AM


  19. The negativity Robbie faces probably stems from the fact that he came out by announcing that he was retiring while in his prime. It might have seemed weak and unfortunate to some people.

    I think he's brave though and hope he has a great career with the Galaxy. LA is a good city and franchise for an openly gay player to thrive in.

    Posted by: Brian in Texas | May 26, 2013 8:55:11 AM


  20. Hmmm, there are many 'queers' who didn't have the privilege of growing up upper middle class and spoiled, with an accountant/CFO dad. Maybe this is why they are often empathetic and less obnoxious, bullying and attention wh*rish than the spoiled, privileged brats among us.

    The loudest, most irritating, and attention wh*rish 'radicals' among any group are 95% of the time from well off, upper middle class, and privileged backgrounds. These are the people most likely to be the most sadistic for their religion....I mean their 'cause'.

    I'm surprised 'queer' isn't a censored word on TR.
    Just saying.

    Posted by: ratbastard | May 26, 2013 9:34:59 AM


  21. "Just blathering" is more like it.

    You know nothing of LGBT history and care less.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | May 26, 2013 11:01:06 AM


  22. That's good.

    Posted by: Mikah | May 26, 2013 11:48:51 AM


  23. @ratbastard - I'm surprised you think "whorish" should be censored.

    Posted by: Craig | May 26, 2013 3:45:32 PM


  24. Take a look at the future folks. This is the next generation. He's confident, dignified and gay. He won't be wearing a dress or calling himself a girl. He won't be wearing a leather thong on 5th Avenue. He won't be acting like a clown.

    And he won't call himself "queer." Because he isn't queer. None of us are. It is about time that we start respecting ourselves and Robbie is a great example of how to do that.

    Posted by: Steve | May 26, 2013 7:21:54 PM


  25. Love Robbie for being PROUD to be part of the gay community. A beautiful community full of history

    Posted by: Morton | May 27, 2013 10:35:04 PM


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