- September 2021
Last week minor-leaguer Bryan Ruby became the only active professional baseball player to come out. In July Nashville Predators prospect Luke Prokop announced he's gay, making the 19-year-old the first NHL player, active or retired, to come out. In June Carl Nassib of the Las Vegas Raiders became the first active NFL player to come out.
What on earth are they putting in Gatorade these days?
- August 2021
Brody Neville was facing a bleak 12th birthday.
When the Canadian youngster came out as gay several months ago, his friends dumped him. So his mom did what modern parents do: She put out a call on Facebook.
Neville arrived at a Calgary park on Saturday, and saw what he assumed was an unusually large crowd waiting for the ice cream truck. But the dozens of people weren't there to celebrate overpriced ice on a stick. They were there to celebrate him.
Family, friends and strangers gave him presents. Drag queens performed. A fire engine stopped by—probably to the relief of the drag queen who'd performed a monstrous split.
"Thank you everybody for this," Neville told the crowd. "This is the best day of my life!"
I'm not crying, you're cry . . . oh the hell with it, I'm crying.
- June 2021
In a video from his home in Pennsylvania, Las Vegas Raiders defensive lineman Carl Nassib came out yesterday. He's the first active NFL player to come out as gay.
Boy, those of us who monitor LGBTQ firsts in sports have been waiting for this moment, when an active pro football player would get up the gumption to cross that macho line.
Touchdown. End-zone dance. We're going to Disney World.
- April 2021
Photo by John-Mark Smith from Pexels
I've mentioned before that I'd rather swim with piranhas and Donald Trump Jr. than watch reality TV.
So I had no idea who Colton Underwood was until yesterday when news of his coming out as gay seemed to be everywhere. Now the star of the 23rd season of "The Bachelor" is getting his own reality show on Netflix, apparently about living his life as a gay man.
Geez, if we could all monetize our coming out, most of us would've done it a lot sooner.
Anyway, I'll give the last word to another well-known and gay TV figure. When the Underwood news broke yesterday, Andy Cohen tweeted "You’re free now, @colton. A toaster is on its way."
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