Former Patriots and Chiefs offensive tackle Ryan O'Callaghan publicly came out on Tuesday, saying that he strongly considered committing suicide before he received support from the Kansas City organization. O'Callaghan discusssed the gripping, heart-wrenching journey he took as a closeted gay man in college football and the NFL in a piece by SB Nation's Outsports. The story provides a unique window into the devastating toll the lying and hiding can have on an individual.
Few American football players have come out as gay. Louis Rams in NFL Draftand thus became the first publicly gay player drafted in the league, but was released before the start of the regular season. He became the first publicly gay player to play in the Canadian Football League in August
Paddy Power and Stonewall have created rainbow coloured football bootlaces and distributed them to every footballer across all professional clubs in the UK. Each of these players are being asked to wear the special laces in their club fixtures on September 21st and 22nd to show they support gay footballers. A series of media partnerships will see daily advertising and editorial support for the campaign across traditional media, billboard sites, and through social media with the aim of getting support from footballers, celebrities, fans, and the public.?
A video showing football stars speaking out against homophobia will be released next year as part of an unprecedented drive by the sport's governing bodies to tackle a sharp rise in abuse and discrimination. The video will be shown in cinemas, on TV and in stadiums in an attempt to rid terraces and pitches of homophobic chants and slurs, the Guardian can reveal. The video is due to be released in March and could be shown in schools if the FA wins the backing of the Department for Children, Schools and Families. Gay rights groups have been pressing the FA to tackle homophobia and believe the ad campaign is a breakthrough, prompted by a number of recent high-profile allegations of homophobia.
This weekend, kickball fans at Leicester saw fit to chant homophobic abuse at visiting soccer-heads from Brighton, famously the only city with gay people in the UK. Photo: PA. What exact words were the Leicester fans actually saying?
Ryan O'Callaghan said he knew before high school that he was gay, but growing up in the conservative town of Redding, Calif. As he grew in size and strength during his early teen years, he used football as a way to cover his sexuality, becoming better and better at the sport. As he progressed through high school, O'Callaghan felt that only football was keeping him alive.
Download KB. Many football fans and individuals working within the football industry believe that the sport is anti-gay and the majority of fans attending matches have heard homophobic abuse on the terraces. Three in four fans think there are gay players currently in the Premier League or Championship and seven in ten think there are gay players in Leagues One or Two.
Why is players' sexual orientation still an issue in football? And why are there not more gay role models in the sport? So when Welsh athletics legend Colin Jackson spoke publicly about his sexuality last weekthe most interesting and welcome result was that there was so little adverse reaction to the news that he was gay. The point is that public attitudes toward sexuality have shifted dramatically in the last two decades and sports people coming out as gay is no longer as unusual or remarkable as it may once have been.
The free event, which is open to the public, will take place at noon on Thursday at the Jaguar Student Activities Center Ballroom. The first 70 students to arrive will get free lunch. Tuaolo will also be speaking to faculty and staff at 9 a.