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].”

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“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.

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But regardless of what type of environment leagues create, Rogers said “it’s going to take athletes to come out.”

“The only thing that’s really going to change things is when we’re active and in the sports community, in locker rooms, when there’s a number of us and it just doesn’t become an issue. When we’re a voice,” he said.

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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.”

Rogers was followed by now-retired NBAer Jason Collins and then-NFL prospect and now free agent Michael Sam.

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