In the days following his coming out, former Missouri defensive end Michael Sam has enjoyed an outpouring of support from current NFL players and fans alike. With this announcement, he will become the first active openly gay male athlete in American professional sports — a major milestone for the LGBT community. Sam is in a position to become an ambassador for the gay community by breaking down stereotypes that perpetuate the notion that gayness and traditional conceptions of masculinity associated with football are mutually exclusive traits. But while this is a great step forward in the realm of men's professional sports, gay female athletes have had a long, and much less publicized, history of similarly groundbreaking progress in fighting for equal rights. The relative lack of fanfare on the women's side may be due to archaic ideas about lesbian women being more masculine, and therefore more congruent with the stereotypical athlete, than are gay men. Here's a list of eight openly gay women behind some of the most crucial milestones in the LGBT sports world.
Meghan Markle. Age: 30. I love very strong male hands and let them do a lot with me !!! Skillful girl with a bright appearance, hot temper and sexual insatiability!
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Lesbians love sports. But sometimes the world of professional athletics can feel like it lacks queer representation. Luckily, the realm of sports has been changing fast in recent years, as more and more people opt to be open and honest about their sexualities. Since then, many athletes from a range of disciplines have been open about their queer identities.
Lily James. Age: 27. Pleasant meeting for an intelligent man. I do everything with feeling and tenderness, the main thing in sex is to give you pleasure! P. S. All your wishes will be considered individually.
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The U. But in countries where homosexuality is still stigmatized, she added, many players probably remain closeted. Gay men in professional soccer have been slower to come out. There are currently only three known openly gay professional male soccer players in the world — Collin Martin of the U. Martin, who plays for the Minnesota United, is the only openly gay player still in the league, and the only out man in any of the big five American sports leagues.
Considering that the total number of athletes who competed in the Olympics this year was just under 3,, 15 less than one per cent out athletes is an incredibly small number. Some might not have wanted their sexuality to overshadow their performance at the Games, which is understandable, but others might be in the closet because of the stigma that still hangs over athletes who identify as part of the LGBT community. Sports is considered by many to be the final frontier when it comes to LGBT representation and acceptance.