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04/19/2007


Robbie Rogers Applauds Premiere League Star Thomas Hitzlsperger for Coming Out: VIDEO

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LA Galaxy player Robbie Rogers applauds former Premier League star Thomas Hitzlsperger's coming out, in a commentary in The Guardian:

HitzlspergerI've been fortunate enough to return to the game, this time as an out and proud gay man, knowing full well that my actions could be of help to another young Robbie Rogers, whether his first love is soccer or science or fashion or all of the above. As I've been writing my memoirs this past year, I've thought a lot about the experience of growing up gay, keeping that secret, and the scars it leaves behind.

For me, and I imagine most gay and lesbian people, it's as if that frightened 12-year-old child is still there inside you. When we see men like Thomas make this announcement, it helps to heal the scared gay kid that still resides in each of us, remembering how alone we felt. But we were never really alone. And it helps me to know that someone I watched and admired as a boy was just like me when he was out there competing on the field. I would say that I can't imagine what a difficult decision it was for Thomas to come out publicly – but I can easily imagine. In fact it is the most terrifying thing I have ever done.

It always feels funny when people congratulate me for coming out, because they're congratulating me for simply telling the truth. But at a moment like this, my first thought is to congratulate Thomas. To thank him for taking the risk, for himself and for all the people who will be helped and inspired by his brave act. We can only hope that by joining the conversation, he can help move it forward.

Congratulations, Thomas. I hope this helps you find the same peace I was fortunate to find by sharing my truth.

In related news, Rogers, Brittney Griner, and Blake Skjellerup are featured in a new CNN International program "Journey of the Gay Athlete" which airs Saturday.

Watch the promo, AFTER THE JUMP...

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German Pro Footballer Thomas Hitzlsperger: I'm Gay

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Retired 31-year-old German footballer Thomas Hitzlsperger has become the most high-profile European footballer to come out of the closet, telling German newspaper Die Zeit that he's gay and wants to talk publicly to raise awareness about homosexuality among professional athletes, the Guardian reports:

Said Hitzlesperger: "It's been a long and difficult process. Only in the last few years have I realised that I preferred living together with a man."

He added:

In England, Italy and Germany being a homosexual is no big thing, at least not in the dressing room...I was never ashamed of being who I am but it was not always easy to sit on a table with 20 young men and listen to jokes about gays. You let them get on with it as long as the jokes are somewhat funny and not too insulting...Being gay is topic that is 'ignored' in football and not 'a serious topic in the changing room'. Fighting spirit, passion and winning mentality are intrinsically linked, that doesn't fit the cliché: 'Gays are soft'."

The Guardian notes that Hitzlsperger played in the German national team 52 times including in a World Cup and European Championship, and retired just four months ago.

The BBC notes that Hitzlsperger is just the fourth footballer to come out:

In February 2013, former United States and Leeds United winger Robbie Rogers said he was gay.

Swedish lower league player Anton Hysen, son of former Liverpool player Glenn Hysen, publicly announced his homosexuality in an interview with a Swedish football magazine in 2011.

And in 1990, former England Under-21 international Justin Fashanu was the first professional footballer in Britain to reveal he was gay. He took his own life eight years later, aged 37.


Happy New Year from Robbie Rogers and His Swimsuit: PHOTO

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What better way to start off 2014? Well there's always margaritas.

(via instagram)


Robbie Rogers Says Not a Single Gay Player Has Reached Out to Him

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LA Galaxy player Robbie Rogers, who came out of the closet earlier this year, says no gay players have reached out to him, the BBC reports:

"I haven't received a letter or text or anything from one footballer that wants to talk about these issues," he said.

He thinks that is because players are too scared to do so.

"I've received phone calls and I've spoken with all my friends here in the UK and around the world that have supported me, but I haven't had one message from a [gay] footballer," he told BBC Newsnight. "It reminds me of the fear that I had - you remember that atmosphere and how it made you feel. It just shows there's a huge problem. What do you do to change that, do you try to support them to create an environment that would support them to come out and they would feel comfortable in? It's really tough."

(photo - Rogers (left) with boyfriend Greg Berlanti and the Pres., via Instagram)


Scottish Football Ref Expelled For Speaking Out On Homophobic Abuse

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29-year-old Joe Richardson has been officiating soccer games for over 12 years, but his experience earned him no respect at a game in Perthshire. During the match a player was suspended for violent conduct, which earned some slurs directed at Richardson. Later in the match, multiple players began hurling slurs, with one in particular approaching Richardson's boyfriend, 24-year-old Jack Nicholson, and telling him, "I hope you’re proud of your boyfriend, I’ll punch your f***ing teeth in."

Richardson reported the threats to the police and the Angus and Perthshire Referees Association, the latter of whom offered no support, telling Richardson that it was a criminal matter and he'd have to take care of it himself. Richardson spoke out on Facebook about the lack of support from the Association; the Association in turn expelled Richardson from the organization.

Richardson has appealed to the Scottish Football Association, and the police are investigating his criminal complaint. 


Woofy Speedo-Clad Dolphins Fans Told To Put Pants Back On: PHOTOS

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Proving that there is something for everyone at a football game, two young men attending this weekend's Miami Dolphins game decided to show their team spirit by stripping down to Dolphins-branded speedos. However, this level of fandom was not appreciated by stadium security who told them to put their pants back on.

Everything lives forever on the internet, though, so photos of them at the game and posing with fans of their own afterward remain online for perusal.

And they seem to have found their own set of fans on social media, AFTER THE JUMP...

(via instinct)

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