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04/19/2007


Major League Soccer Player Mike Magee Gets Anti-Gay Hater's Respect: PHOTO

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Cheers to MLS Chicago Fire player Mike Magee for his response to an anti-gay tweet earlier this week.

SB Nation writes:

So, backstory: Mike Magee missed a penalty kick. We all remember that part. A Union supporter with the handle @aaronfox72 decided that a little post-game smack-talk was necessary (as one does) and fired off a tweet to Magee with the message, "great penalty faggot, GO UNION."

There is a reason athletes are called role models. The tweeter's response:


Major League Soccer Announces New Effort to Protect Gay Players

Major League Soccer and New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman yesterday announced a new initiative to protect players from discrimination and harassment based on sexual orientation:

SchneidermanWorking with the Attorney General's office, the League is undertaking several new efforts as part of its “Don’t Cross the Line” initiative at the outset of the 2014 season. These steps are aimed at reinforcing the League’s policies against discrimination based on sexual orientation and other criteria unrelated to athletic performance. Efforts to be undertaken by MLS include expanded sensitivity training for players, a centralized complaint system and the dissemination and posting of a Player Code of Conduct prohibiting discrimination in home and visitor locker rooms.
 
“Harassment and discrimination in the workplace – whether in an office building, on the soccer field or a baseball diamond – are illegal,” Attorney General Schneiderman said. “My office is committed to ensuring equal protection under the law for all employees no matter where they work, and I applaud Major League Soccer for working cooperatively with us to promote a culture of inclusion. Together, we are sending a powerful message that discrimination and harassment will not be tolerated in any form in the world of major league sports.”


Robbie Rogers Talks About Being Gay, Coming Out, Returning to Soccer on 'CBS This Morning': VIDEO

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Robbie Rogers, the first openly gay MLS player, paid a visit to CBS This Morning to talk to Gayle King, Charlie Rose, and Norah O'Donnell about hiding in the closet, his decision to come out and return to football, what it's like for gay athletes in the locker room, and whether it will be better for them in the future (it will!).

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

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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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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.


Pro Soccer Player Robbie Rogers Comes Out as Gay, Retires from the Sport

Former Major League Soccer player Robbie Rogers came out of the closet in a blog post on Friday and also announced that he's leaving football.

RogersWrote Rogers, in part:

Secrets can cause so much internal damage. People love to preach about honesty, how honesty is so plain and simple.   Try explaining to your loved ones after 25 years you are gay. Try convincing yourself that your creator has the most wonderful purpose for you even though you were taught differently.

I always thought I could hide this secret. Football was my escape, my purpose, my identity. Football hid my secret, gave me more joy than I could have ever imagined… I will always be thankful for my career. I will remember Beijing, The MLS Cup, and most of all my teammates.  I will never forget the friends I have made a long the way and the friends that supported me once they knew my secret. 

Now is my time to step away. It’s time to discover myself away from football.  It’s 1 A.M. in London as I write this and I could not be happier with my decision. Life is so full of amazing things. I realized I could only truly enjoy my life once I was honest.  Honesty is a bitch but makes life so simple and clear.  My secret is gone, I am a free man, I can move on and live my life as my creator intended. 

Rogers said that fear held him back for 25 years:

For the past 25 year I have been afraid, afraid to show whom I really was because of fear. Fear that judgment and rejection would hold me back from my dreams and aspirations.   Fear that my loved ones would be farthest from me if they knew my secret.  Fear that my secret would get in the way of my dreams.

Dreams of going to a World Cup, dreams of The Olympics, dreams of making my family proud.  What would life be without these dreams? Could I live a life without them?

Life is only complete when your loved ones know you.  When they know your true feelings, when they know who and how you love. Life is simple when your secret is gone.  Gone is the pain that lurks in the stomach at work, the pain from avoiding questions, and at last the pain from hiding such a deep secret.

Tweeted Rogers Friday morning: "Just getting some sh*t off my chest."

Writes Goal.com: "The 25-year-old California native became a star in five seasons with MLS side Columbus Crew, winning the 2008 MLS Cup and the 2008 and 2009 MLS Supporters' Shield titles and being named to the 2008 Best XI squad. He made 18 appearances with the United States national team, scoring two goals."


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