Have a look at the list below, and then share your thoughts in the comments. The first player to transform himself into a global brand. Messi may not be the most charismatic individual but he lets his football do the talking while his agents continue to strike multi-million endorsement deals.
W omen in sport still face a lot of stigma and abuse. One reason for this is the stigma and abuse that women face in general, but added to that is the fact that women in sport are often pegged as lesbians. Recently, however, queer female athletes have proudly come to the fore.
Openly gay Leeds United director David Haigh says players confided in him - and he believes clubs could benefit commercially if stars come out. He was openly gay during a spell as Leeds United MD in and says many homosexual players confided in him as a result. Mr Haigh was openly gay with board members and fans at Elland Road, and says many gay players confided in him as a result.
It was seen as a big step for a sport that has struggled to tackle homophobia on the pitch and in the terraces. Getty Images. In February, a House of Commons inquiry called for a one or two-year ban for first-time offenders caught chanting homophobic abuse.
Please refresh the page and retry. That has been the reaction Davis has faced since, back inhe was accidentally outed by the local paper. For him it has been a revelation, not a risk.
Arsenal 's Hector Bellerin believes it is "impossible" for a footballer to come out as gay amid the "very nasty" culture around the sport. Cleethorpes Town's Liam Davis is English football only openly gay player, while Thomas Hitzlsperger is the only player to have come out and played in the Premier League. Justin Fashanu came out in while playing in the lower leagues.
The entertainment world was shaken by the tragic mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando early Sunday morning. A slew of stars took to social media to voice their heartbreak and offer their condolences to those affected by the horrifying attack that left at least 50 people dead and 53 injured after a gunman opened fire at the popular Pulse venue. Stop Hate Crimes!!!!
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Everybody knows that Hollywood is a den of sin and that pop culture, starting with Elvis's swing hips, is worth at least two Horseman of the Apocalypse. So it really shouldn't come as a surprise that celebrities are taking to social media to voice their support of gay marriage this week while the Supreme Court hears arguments on Prop 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act. What follows are real things verified by their presence on official Facebook pages, Instagram feeds, YouTube channels, etc.
Germany's foreign minister is gay and so is the mayor of Berlin, but gay players in the Bundesliga top football league remain firmly in the closet. Last week one of them spoke out -- anonymously -- about the strain of denying his identity for fear of hurting his career. Chancellor Angela Merkel says athletes shouldn't be afraid to come out. But the obstacles are high.