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Are Pro-Sports Ready And Willing To Welcome Homosexual Athletes?

By Alexandra Hill, WBGO News
April 30, 2013

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NBA player Jason Collins made history this week when he came out as the first gay active player in pro-sports, bringing the issue of homophobia in professional sports to the forefront.

The 7 foot center for the Wizards, has taken one of the most hush-hush issues in the league and shoved it into the spotlight, but just how ready and willing is the league and its players to welcome homosexuality. Dr. Mitch Abrams is a sports psychologist with the group Learned Excellence for Athletes.

 “The locker room can be a particularly merciless place where sometimes people can unfortunately use terms that are derogatory towards homosexuals as signs of weakness or signs of femininity and signs of weakness and so I think that male dominated sports are more resistant and afraid.”

Dr. Abrams says despite the macho attitudes that have dominated professional sports, he says this is a step in the right direction but says there is still a lot of work that needs to be done.

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