Michael Sam’s coming out as a gay man is, indeed, a game changer, but it really shouldn’t be the case.
Billie Jean King. Greg Louganis. Brian Boitano. All three are gay. All three are athletes. All three are a mere sampling of the thousands and thousands of gay men and women that have dedicated their lives to mastering the skills, endurance, and talent to excel in sport.
The fact is that the sporting community has always had gay people in it; even locally, Philadelphia is the proud home of athletic organizations that cater directly to local LGBT individuals. The locally based Philadelphia Gryphons Rugby Football Club and The Fins Aquatic Group are two excellent examples of diverse groups of LGBT athletes who practice and compete for the greater good of sport.