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LA Galaxy signs first openly gay player

  • Written by Rob Manser
  • Category: Sport

According to the Associated Press, 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."
 

Nike sponsors openly gay athlete

  • Written by Rob Manser
  • Category: Sport

Basketball's Brittney Griner has been snapped up by global sporting giant, NIKE for an endorsement deal.

 

Without much fanfare, the WNBA draft pick spoke about her sexuality in a Sports Illustrated interview last week.

 

Playing for the Phoenix Mercury player has just signed an endorsement deal with Nike, making the confirmation public with USA Today via her sports agent Lindsay Kagawa Colas.

 

As noted by SheWired, Griner described the deal as "big time."

 

Last June, Nike hosted its first-ever lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) sports summit in Portland, Oregon.