Thanks to these prominent athletes who are gay, the sports world is becoming more and more accepting of homosexual players. Who is the most famous gay athlete? Football star Michael Sam made headlines in when he became the first openly gay athlete to be drafted into the NFL. Olympic diver Greg Louganis is openly gay.
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Openly LGBT people remain a demographic minority in most places. In areas that historically are not known for having or being friendly to LGBT people who do not remain closeted , a "first" can make it easier for other openly LGBT persons to enter the field or for those who are closeted to come out. Openly LGBT people being visible in society affects societal attitudes toward homosexuality , bisexuality, and the transgender community on a wider level. One commonly cited example is Harvey Milk , the first openly gay person to be elected to political office in California , becoming the most visible LGBT politician in the world in the s, after decades of resistance to LGBT people by mainstream culture. Milk encouraged LGBT people to "come out of the closet" during his speeches; as a result of his work and his assassination—along with San Francisco mayor George Moscone —thousands of ordinary people did so.
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His dramatic, sharp movements — and facial expressions to match—emulate those of a professional dancer, at once complementing and contradicting his smooth, unfettered movement along the ice. He hides the technical difficulty of every jump and spin with head-flips and a commanding gaze, a performer as well as an athlete. There are gay role models at every turn — on television, on local sports, and in our communities. Even so, the last time that the United States sent an openly gay man to any Olympic Games was in , when equestrians Guenter Seidel and Robert Dover won bronze in team dressage.
Robbie Rogers, the LA Galaxy defender who became the first openly gay male athlete in a major North American professional sport, is retiring from football. Rogers came out while announcing his retirement in after being released by Leeds United. That retirement lasted less than three months before he signed with the Galaxy. In a statement, the year-old paid tribute to the Galaxy for for their support.