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Robbie Rogers Makes History, Becomes First Openly Gay Man to Play in a U.S. Pro Sport: VIDEO


Yesterday I reported that Robbie Rogers could play Sunday night with the LA Galaxy, and he did.

Rogers took the field for the Galaxy, breaking barriers for gay people in sports as he became the first openly gay male to play in a U.S. professional sport. Rogers entered in the 77th minute of the game to huge cheers from the stadium as the Galaxy were up 4-0 against the Seattle Sounders.



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  1. have we moved on from jason collins already?

    i'm assuming you're saying that RR is the first openly gay man to be recruited for a major sports team...

    don't wanna split hairs here, and every achievement is important, but jason collins is the first openly gay man to play a major u.s. reported by towleroad. ;)

    Posted by: KEVolution! | May 27, 2013 10:12:56 AM

  2. He is handling his return very well. Congratulations to him!

    Posted by: Mike Ryan | May 27, 2013 10:13:11 AM

  3. hey KEV, Jason Collins never PLAYED in a game after he game out. That's why Robbie made history - he's the first to actually take the Pro field/pitch/court after he came out.i

    Posted by: empire22 | May 27, 2013 10:18:39 AM

  4. WTG Robbie! Glad the LA fans showed support..

    Posted by: Dave In PA | May 27, 2013 10:22:08 AM

  5. Orlando Cruz, the openly gay boxer, doesn't count? He's no counted as playing a professional sport in the US??? I imagine he boxes for free then?

    Posted by: Kieran | May 27, 2013 10:22:25 AM

  6. And Glenn Burke doesn't seem to be acknowledged much. Apparently he was quite open about being gay even while playing, and the sports reporters covered up by not printing anything.

    Posted by: Charlie | May 27, 2013 10:28:02 AM

  7. Congrats to Robbie! And, I'm so very proud of this milestone for our community :)

    Posted by: Wayne | May 27, 2013 10:28:10 AM

  8. Robbie Rogers is the first openly & active gay male athlete ILF.

    Posted by: Joe | May 27, 2013 10:29:48 AM

  9. This is a big step, not just to him but all of lgbt athelets and people.

    Posted by: Matt26 | May 27, 2013 10:32:46 AM

  10. Martina Navratilova who?

    Posted by: yuninv | May 27, 2013 10:41:19 AM

  11. Dear Kieran and Charlie: Orlando Cruz is Puerto Rican. Glenn Burke is black. Jason Collins is black.

    Robbie Rogers is not.

    Posted by: Zeta | May 27, 2013 10:41:45 AM

  12. Dear Yuninv: Women never count. See also: the WNBA.

    Posted by: Zeta | May 27, 2013 10:45:05 AM

  13. Finally a worthy headline of this young man's accomplishment. So very proud of Robbie.

    Posted by: Rafael | May 27, 2013 10:54:31 AM

  14. Well thats a slap in the face to all of the others..

    Posted by: Jared | May 27, 2013 10:58:43 AM

  15. There's definately some racism going on....

    Posted by: Alan Brickman | May 27, 2013 11:46:11 AM

  16. The whiter gay will always Triumph!!

    Posted by: Alan Brickman | May 27, 2013 11:48:49 AM

  17. Dear Naysayers.

    You forgot to mention Dave Kopay, who although retired, was the 1st team player to come out publicly

    Glenn Burke wasn't out. Not to fans & or the public, TMK.

    Orlando Cruz & Martina don't play team sports.

    Jason Collins hasn't yet been signed for a team, nor has he played BBall since he came out.

    Robbie is the first out team sports member WHO HAS PLAYED HIS SPORT. He happens to be white. Get over it girls. Cruz, Collins & Martina aren't bitching, why are you? Remember, white, black, female, Hispanic, they're all American, they are role models for LGBT youth. In the long run, they'll hopefully help some lonely kids stay healthy & alive

    Posted by: Russ | May 27, 2013 11:56:15 AM

  18. @ Andy Towle,

    Your post specifically refers to the first gay man to play in a pro U.S. sport, which is fair since players would have to contend with more homophobia in men's sports than in women's sports, mostly from fans. Yes, it's also true that although Jason Collins has come out, he has not yet taken the field. If you really wanted to stretch the parameters of your post, you might disregard Glenn Burke (from the late 1970s) because although he was out to his teammates and team owners, the public did not know he was out.

    Having possibly disregarded those I mentioned above because your post is very specific, you would still want to acknowledge Orlando Cruz as the first gay man ever to play in a pro U.S. sport: in two pro boxing matches in Orlando, Florida since he came out in October of 2012. Do you want to revise the title of your post to refer only to pro TEAM sports in the U.S.?

    Posted by: Artie_in_Lauderdale | May 27, 2013 11:56:15 AM

  19. • Glenn Burke came out after retiring
    • Jason Collins hasn't played since coming out (and, in theory, he might never play).
    • Robbie Rogers is the first male athlete to *play* professionally in a *major* sport.

    It is a milestone. It doesn't take anything from the others. It's a reason to celebrate, nt to fight over.

    Posted by: David | May 27, 2013 11:59:16 AM

  20. If we really wanted to split hairs, see outsports. Andrew Goldstein played Major League Lacrosse for two years 2005-2006. He was out the whole time. Recruited and played. I'm not trying to knock Robbie Rogers, but let's cut the sensationalism. I think it's a milestone in terms of visibility, but it's not a "first."

    Posted by: curmudgeon | May 27, 2013 12:02:02 PM

  21. I'm laughing my ass off here. How many gay athletes can dance on the head of a pin? The real measure of success isn't when a Jackie Robinson plays, it's when Joe Borderline Failure Shmo plays.

    Posted by: melvin | May 27, 2013 12:02:42 PM

  22. @ Zeta,

    I don't think Andy was being racist here by omitting Orlando Cruz. I think Andy meant TEAM sports, but didn't specify in his post. That's an editorial error rather than racist intent.

    Posted by: Artie_in_Lauderdale | May 27, 2013 12:02:59 PM

  23. None of the gay players in the past are being slighted or "slapped in the face". This is just about the gay players in professional team sports with a major league (in the US) . The Big Four are the NFL, MLB, NHL, and NBA. The other leagues are generally Arena Football, Major League Lacrosse, Major League Socccer, and Women's National Basketball. And Canadian Football if you want to include our neighbors to the north.

    The football, basketball, baseball, hockey, and soccer leagues get the highest television coverage and take in the most revinue, so that's probably why we've chosen team members from these leagues. Technically, Robbie isn't one of the "big four", so, if we go by that standard, we're still waiting for a major league player to play.

    And nobody is slapping Martina Navratilova or any other gay player from the past "in the face". Get a grip, some of you drama people. Robbie was last night. The thread is meant to celebrate Robbie's playing last night. Nobody's sticking a knife into Martina or anybody else. Spread your bitterness on another thread without taking away from last night.

    Posted by: will | May 27, 2013 12:08:35 PM

  24. Congrats to Robbie.

    I would buy his jersey, but there's no way in hell I'm walking around with Herbalife emblazoned across my chest.

    Let's hope he makes the U.S. national team before World Cup so I can buy his USA team jersey.

    Posted by: ripper | May 27, 2013 12:18:54 PM

  25. The headline is actually a quote from the news report, not from Andy alone.

    Posted by: Isaak | May 27, 2013 12:19:43 PM

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