Gay athletes were treated similarly today, to how Black athletes were treated during the Civil Rights era. “It seems to me, a lot of questions about gay athletes, were the same questions they used to ask about us,” Russell said. Jason Collins, a gay basketball player only openly admitted to being gay after his career started to reach its end. This was in fear of him being treated differently in the basketball community. Although Jason did not admit to being gay until the end of his career he still faced some of the same challenges as Black athletes during the Civil Rights era. An example of this is the first Black basketball player Charles Henry Cooper, or Chuck.
“It seems to me, a lot of questions about gay athletes, were the same questions they used to ask about us,” Russell said.
The problems gay athletes experience are unfair and unjust, but most of all they aren’t civil. The problems are more prominent than you may think as one woman reports that, “98% of women in the NBA are gay...”. And the problem can be fixed by donating to charities like “Athlete Ally” and standing up for what your believe in.