In an ‘En Route’ interview with GQ Magazine, Rogers, the magazine’s ‘Man of the Year’ is asked a series of questions. I don’t know how she enjoyed it or if she enjoyed it as much as me.When asked what a Man of the Year means, he said they would be “secure in their sexuality and isn’t afraid of what people think.” “I’m most proud of the journey I’ve taken from being a closeted athlete and playing professionally for 6-7 years, and then coming to terms with myself and having the courage to come out.” Given the choice of talking about losing his virginity or doing a forfeit, Rogers chooses the former. First time with a guy was actually not until I was 25, after I came out – super awkward.
And how long did we miss out on the awesomeness of openly gay Brittney Griner because no one thought to ask her?
Beyond that, talking about athletes’ off-field lives is just normal in this media era, and as LZ Granderson wrote for ESPN The Magazine last month, if the media is going to write and speculate about the personal lives of straight athletes, its unwillingness to do the same with LGBT athletes is a bad sign, a form of soft bigotry that only indicates that both reporters and readers aren’t ready to approach the idea of same-sex marriage, same-sex relationships, and same-sex sex as the normal facets of human life that they are.
He says: “First time with a girl was in high school. I mean, can you imagine dating and hooking up with a guy after your coming out, after 25 years?
LA Galaxy defender Robbie Rogers, the first openly gay male athlete to compete in a major North American professional sports league, has announced his retirement.
Rogers came out publicly as gay in February 2013 and immediately announced his retirement from football, instantly departing Leeds United as a midfielder.
He later reversed his decision to quit the game and signed for US team LA Galaxy.“It is through this game that I have experienced some of my greatest achievements both professionally and personally.” When he publicly came out as gay four years ago, Rogers wrote on his blog that he had been afraid of revealing his sexuality, and that he wanted to live a new life outside of the game.Writing on his Instagram account on Tuesday, Rogers says he regretted not embracing his sexuality sooner.As a young boy I dreamed of becoming a professional soccer player and representing my country in front of the world.But as a teenager I grew more and more consumed by fear and shame.Instead, he wants to meet someone in “an organic way,” and he’s sure he’ll “meet someone in a random place — the grocery store or wherever.” I’m glad Out Magazine asked him about it, and I think blogs and outlets that aren’t geared specifically toward the gay community ought not be afraid to talk about it either.