There is this peculiar thing in the professional sports world. Women athletes come out as lesbian and continue their careers. Gay men do not come out until after their sports careers are over.
The is a story today about a woman who is a basketball star and came out as a lesbian. There is no expectation it will hurt her chances at a successful and lucrative career. Another comes to mind, tennis star Martina Navratilova.
There was a professional baseball player I corresponded with about a potential speaking engagement here, Billy Bean. Bean played nine years in the majors and did not come out until after retiring. There has been only one other retired baseball player to come out.
I met a retired NFL player who had come out after his playing days, Esera Tuaolo. He is a huge man. At the event where I met him he and his partner were receiving a public service award from a gay advocacy group. The couple is raising two children in the Minneapolis area. Like baseball,only one other player has come out, both after their retirements.
I read a rumor on the net some current pro football players will come out as gay in the near future. The number tossed out was four. Statistically, there have to be dozens of gay professional athletes.
It seems to me men athletes want to put their religion on display. There is constant pointing to the sky and prayer postures.
Religion is on display, sexual orientation not.
P. S. The next meeting of Red River Freethinkers is this Sunday, April 21. It is at 1 PM, Plains Art Museum, 704 1st Ave N. (downtown) Fargo. The program is a new member who has traveled the world and met atheists in the countries he has visited.