Even before NBA player Jason Collins came out as gay, the lack of out gay men in pro sports was a major theme in the media. But at other levels -- high school, college, recreational, amateur --there are plenty of gay men in team sports. One such sport is roller derby.
Today I'm devoting the entire episode of my online radio show to callers who want to share the love with Jason Collins. His coming out rocketed to the top of the world's news headlines within hours of the release of his op-ed in Sports Illustrated.
When the first openly gay player comes out, he will be the darling of the media, with book deals and an ESPN documentary. It will be the biggest sports story in decades. The player will be bigger than any gay celebrity America has seen. How does it break down financially?
Most of society has been working with openly gay and lesbian colleagues for a while now. Even the military has managed to transition to open service. Yet some professional athletes continue to believe that their team will crumble with the addition of an openly gay teammate.