Gay Athletes Current civil rights issues

There are numerous notable gay athletes in the sports community today, that do not receive the same resect that straight athletes receive. This is a problem for men and women alike and needs to be stopped. Gay athletes treatment is very similar to how people treated Black athletes during the Civil Rights movement.

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.
“They were booed and criticized by the public, and were met with disdain”

Although Black and Gay basketball players had some of the same struggles on how they were treated in the sports community, there are also many differences. For example a major problem for gay athletes is which locker room they change in and which bathroom they use. There are rules that state which restrooms athletes can use as ESPN said, “Last week, North Carolina passed legislation that many consider damaging to and blatantly discriminatory against the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. The bill prevents cities and counties from passing their own anti-discrimination rules and targets transgender individuals by requiring them to use bathroom facilities based on the sex on their birth certificate.” This is different from problems Black athletes had were very different, “They were booed and criticized by the public, and were met with disdain”

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.

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