Wade Davis is very brave to come out of the closet and declare his homosexuality! He has a lot of courage! I hope Wade Davis decision to come out will inspire other male professional athletes to declare their homosexuality in the public sphere. Davis makes a cogent argument that for professional male athletes they have a lot to lose in terms of endorsements.
Homophobia in sports I believe isn’t just with the general public the people behind the scenes the agents, marketing agencies hold the power. The truth is, until a major male sports star comes out of the closet I don’t see pro sports changing anytime soon. By contrast, in women’s golf and tennis the WTA Tour and LPGA has a history of lesbian sports champions.
For many male and female sports fans they just don’t want to believe their favourite male athlete couple possibly be gay. Can you imagine if the NBA, NHL, NFL, had a plethora of gay men coming out of the closet? The world would be a better place because the sports stars would prove gay men can excel in professional sports. There is a homophobic myth that all gay men aren’t masculine, or strong, or powerful. The truth is, there are gay men in pro sports but they fear losing their careers by coming out.
I think the male athletes can learn from the lesbian champions such as Martina Navratilova, Billie Jean King, Amelie Mauresmo, Patty Sheehan, Gigi Fernandez, Renee Stubbs, Lisa Raymond. The lesbian athletes also experienced homophobia but they overcame the prejudice and made it acceptable for women to come out in sports.