Australian swimmer, Ian Thorpe, recently admitted he is gay in an interview in his home, Australia. In addition to being gay he also happened to break 22 world records, win 5 gold – 3 silver – 1 bronze medal at the Olympic Games. Welcome to the family Ian. I’m proud to have you on our team.
Last week the website, Jezebel, had an article that was brought to my attention called Men’s sports uniforms ranked.
Perhaps the author wrote it best, “The World Cup has presented us with lots of excuses to gaze upon Thighlights, but are soccer uniforms really the most awesome uniforms in the sporting world?”
Check out Dodai’s compilation of the best men’s sports uniforms here.
In honor of World Cup currently going on in Brazil I thought I’d share this funny photo. Like these compromising photos? Check out Queerty’s recent post that includes many more, here.
Last month I posted a somewhat similar photograph here.
What is it about wrestling that seems to always make me do a double take? Apparently, I’m not alone because earlier this week Queerty posted a series of these eye-catching images that you can check out here.
Many who live in and near Boston are not working today, celebrating Patriot’s Day, which also happens to always coincide with the Boston Marathon. This year Sergio and I are flying back from visiting my brother who moved to Southern California.
The Boston Marathon is one of my favorite holidays and sporting events in the city and I’d like to wish all the runners the best of luck and thank the city, it’s first responders and all the volunteers who I know will make this a safe and fun event.
Its marathon weekend in Boston and because of last year’s bombings it seems like the rest of the world will turn their eyes to Boston come Monday. It feels strange not to be in the city this weekend which I would imagine is quickly filling to capacity. Typically the Boston Marathon draws more than half a million spectators and more than 25,000 runners, but this year is anything but typical. This year the Boston Marathon has an estimated 36,000 runners, and I would assume even more spectators.
If you are in town this weekend be certain to check out the Boston Marathon Sports & Fitness Expo at the Hynes Auditorium (Friday 12-7 pm; Saturday 9am – 7pm; and Sunday 9am – 6pm. Nearly every athletic, fitness and nutrition firm you can imagine sets up booths to educate and sell their products. Vendors have special sales for the expo and there are usually some pretty cool freebies.
I doubt this guy is checking for a hernia and where the heck is the other guy’s head?
Today is the final day of the Sochi Olympic games and I’m going to go out on a limb and suggest that hosting the games in homophobic Russia has been a blessing in disguise for the gay community.
Gay rights have been consistently discussed during the Olympic Games. Air time has been provided to discuss Russia’s discriminatory legislation in a way I’ve rarely seen in the US; we tend to only report on what happens here at home, forgetting there is a world beyond our borders.
While these protests may have fallen on deaf ears in Russia, the conversation has taken on new meaning here in the US. I can’t help but wonder was Michael Sam’s historic announcement days after the Opening Ceremony at Sochi intentional? It seems to have added fuel here in the US to fighting homophobia in sport; against the backdrop of the Sochi Olympics the conversation seemed all the more poignant.
Homophobia thrives when it is unchallenged. The 1980s gay activist group ACT UP had it right; Silence = Death. Although they were fighting for more AIDS funding and helping those dying from AIDS to live their final days with dignity, the mantra remains true so I hope the dialog started and scrutiny focused on Russia continues after the Olympic torch goes out in Sochi.
In light of the disgraceful way the International Olympic Committee has dealt with championing Russia’s homophobic legislation, I wanted to share this story.
American star tennis players Andy Roddick and Mardy Fish become the 1st professional men’s tennis players to align with Athlete Ally.
Andy Roddick said, “Yesterday was an incredible day for athletes everywhere. Jason Collin’s courage and leadership in coming out reminds me of how important it is for an athlete to be able to be true to him or herself. As an Athlete Ally, I want to support every athlete to feel comfortable and confident being themselves and to make sure that all people – players and fans alike – are welcome and included in tennis.” More about this story here and more about Athlete Ally here.
Thirty year old Steve Langton is a Boston native who calls Melrose, MA home. When I saw him featured in a local publication, I immediately thought he’d make for a great man candy post. This 6’2 / 220+lbs Olympian started his bobsledding career in 2006 and was named Rookie of the Year by the US Bobsled and Skeleton Federation [USBSF] for the 2007/08 season. He finished in 10th place in the Vancouver Olympic Games. Best of luck to you Steve.
Here are a few more photos of this Olympian. Click to enlarge.
Don’t worry Vlad. There won’t be any gays attending or competing in men’s figure skating; a sporting event with a proud Russian heritage.
Not to be outdone by The Canadian Institute of Diversity and Inclusion (CIDI) – see my previous post if you are unsure of what I’m talking about – Norway has issued their own response to Russia’s anti-LGBT propaganda law. Thanks for bringing this to my attention Jon Rodriguez.
Michael Sam, the ferocious 260-pound Missouri defensive end, SEC Defensive Player of the Year and a potential high-round pick in May’s NFL draft stepped out of the closet when he told the New York Times today that he is gay.
Perhaps the New York Times wrote it best when John Branch wrote about this college senior, “As the pace of the gay rights movement has accelerated drastically in recent years, the sports industry has changed relatively little, with no publicly gay male athletes in the N.F.L., the N.B.A., the N.H.L. or Major League Baseball. Against this backdrop, Mr. Sam could become a symbol for the country’s gay rights movement or a flash point in a football culture war — or both.”
You can read the New York Times interview here. ESPN as one might guess also has a great feature on the story here. Thanks for the tip lil brother, you even beat the HuffingtonPost alarm that came thru earlier tonight.
The 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics start tonight and while I’ve already written a handful of posts expressing my frustration with the IOC’s actions, I fully intend to watch the Olympics.
In a perverse twist of fate, Russia’s spree of homophobic legislation and Putin’s remarks defending them has made the LGBT calls for greater equality abroad a topic of conversation in a way that it may never have been if the games had been held elsewhere, and I hope the scrutiny post-games shall not subside.
Thanks to “Boston” Dan a BosGuy blog reader who sent me this video.