clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Podcast: LGBT people in sports are living more openly in their private lives

Izzy Gutierrez, Bobby Petrino, Jr., and Sam Stanley show that 'closeted' LGBT people in sports are living more openly in their private lives.

Bobby Petrino's son, Bobby Jr., came out publicly but has been living openly in his private life.
Bobby Petrino's son, Bobby Jr., came out publicly but has been living openly in his private life.
Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

Check Out LGBT Podcasts at Blog Talk Radio with Outsports Radio on BlogTalkRadio

We always talk about the dominoes falling as LGBT athletes, coaches and members of the media come out publicly. Everyone time someone shares their true self with the world, more LGBT people - and, frankly, many others - feel the strength to be true to themselves and the people around them.

In the last week, a couple major sports institutions wrote another LGBT chapter in their histories. ESPN's NBA commentator Israel Gutierrez has been struggling for a while with how to come out publicly. He finally took the leap a week before his wedding to his partner.

Bobby Petrino, Jr., came out publicly as well in the last week after talking with Outsports' Jim Buzinski for months. Petrino is the son of Louisville's head football coach.

Both of these men, in addition to rugby's Sam Stanley, who came out in the last couple weeks, have lived their lives openly in private circles and sometimes on social media. You just had to know where to look. Now their connections to big-time sports are helping to continually push the conversation.