Getting Better In Pro Sports

Despite the “don’t ask, don’t tell” culture in the NFL, there are some players who have proven to be outspoken pro-gay advocates. Chuck Culpepper, who describes himself as “that exotic creature, a gay male sportswriter,” recalls his interview with recent Super Bowl champion Brendon Ayanbadejo:

You don’t know me,” I said, and he grinned at that, “but you have done a lot for me,” and his eyes told me he knew what I meant. “And I just want to tell you that I am so grateful. You are a good man.” … As we let go of our handshake, he said simply and unemotionally, “It’s the right thing to do, plain and simple.”

Meanwhile, Amanda Terkel reports on progress in the NBA and the growth of Athlete Ally:

Denver Nuggets star Kenneth Faried has become the first NBA player to join an organization devoted to fighting homophobia in sports, and said he hopes his involvement will raise awareness of gay rights in professional basketball. Equal rights for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender community is close to the heart of Faried, nicknamed the “Manimal” for his fierceness on the court. The 23-year-old forward was raised in New Jersey by two mothers, who married in 2007. Faried recently appeared with his mothers in a video for the advocacy group OneColorado, to encourage Colorado to legalize civil unions.