“Actually, Jason Collins Isn’t the First Openly Gay Man in a Major Pro Sport” | The Atlantic

Barra, Allen. “Actually, Jason Collins Isn’t the First Openly Gay Man in a Major Pro Sport.”The Atlantic. May 2, 2013.

“Major-league baseball player Glenn Burke was comfortably out to his teammates and friends in 1976—but back then, it was the press that wasn’t ready for a gay male athlete — A few months back, the Baltimore Ravens’ Brendon Ayanbadejo, an outspoken advocate for LGBT rights, told USA Today that he thought the first player in the three major sports to out himself would be a baseball player: “The religious roots are a lot deeper in basketball and football. With that being said, I think baseball players are more open-minded.”

What Ayanbadejo didn’t know was that one baseball player already had. This week’s coming out by NBA player Jason Collins is momentous, but the Jackie Robinson of gay rights was Glenn Burke, who played for the Los Angeles Dodgers and Oakland A’s from 1976 to 1979. He tried to change sports culture three decades ago—but back then, unlike now, sports culture wasn’t ready for a change…”  [RESTOFSTORY]

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The Atlantic revisits the “forgotten story of Glenn Burke“, the former centerfielder for the Los Angeles Dodgers and Oakland A’s who was the first and only Major League Baseball player known to have been out to his teammates and team owners during his professional career…” (rod.2.0 |  “The Forgotten Story” of Openly Gay MLB Player Glenn Burke” [may 6. 2013]) …

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