Every day this month, we’re looking back at our pioneers, the mark they left on our community and on the sports world, plus landmark events and stories that show Courage Is Contagious. Today, a story by our Cyd Zeigler from June 13, 2018, looking back at the 20th century trailblazers Glenn Burke, Justin Fashanu and Ian Roberts.
These three men came out in their pro sports leagues before the turn of the millennium.
By Cyd Zeigler
Before many of the publicly out gay male athletes we recognize today, there were three male athletes who came out between the late ‘70s and mid ‘90s who helped blaze a trail for those who would come after them.
All three of these men balked the trend and shared their true identities as gay men either with teammates and team management or publicly. All of them continued to have a career despite the public or powerful men in their sport knowing they were gay.
We’ll have another LGBTQ Sports history story tomorrow and every day through Oct. 31.