7 Thoughts Robbie Rogers Has On LGBT Issues In Sports
The MLS star visited BuzzFeed and spoke about coming out, fellow LGBT athletes, and what leagues need to do differently.
Rogers on what leagues need to do differently: “Work your ass off to try and create an environment where people feel comfortable enough to [come out].”
“I think in general all [leagues]… need to do a better job of creating some kind of a panel where they can discuss issues of homophobia, racism, sexism, all that stuff," he said.
But regardless of what type of environment leagues create, Rogers said "it's going to take athletes to come out."
Rogers on fellow athletes coming out: “I’m guessing in five years we won’t be talking about it. I think it’s going to take a few more years for everyone to be comfortable."
On what he expected to happen when he, Collins, and Sam came out: "I thought there'd be more [athletes coming out], almost like a domino effect."
Rogers on having no openly LGBT athlete role models growing up: "I would have loved to have been able to read about them. I don't know if that would have made me come out earlier."
And Rogers had one last bit of advice for young LGBT athletes:
Read more about Robbie from BuzzFeed here, and check out his memoir Coming Out to Play, in bookstores now!
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