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Openly Gay Pitcher Makes History

Sean Conroy is now in the history books as the first baseball player who is openly gay while playing on a professional baseball team. As a pitcher for the Sonoma Stompers, Conroy pitched a shutout game on Pride Night (25 June 2015) against the Vallejo Admirals.

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Stompers President and CEO Eric Gullotta said, “I’m incredibly proud of Sean for taking this monumental step. This is a courageous step he’s taking and we’re humbled that the Stompers are a small part of it.”

As a show of support, Conroy’s teammates wore rainbow armbands and socks at the Stompers Pride Night game. “I’ve always played baseball because it was fun and I loved the sport. Being gay doesn’t change anything about the way I play or interact with teammates,” Conroy said.

The role model stated, “I hope that in leading by example, more LGBT youth will feel confident to pursue their dreams, whatever those dreams may be.”

Footballer Waxes and Shines for LGBT Causes

 

Footballer Waxes and Shines for LGBT Causes

By Chris Jenkinsstuart shower

American footballers can learn a thing or two from their European counterparts, especially when it comes to standing up as LGBT allies.

Professional rugby league player Stuart Reardon is the latest to raise his voice in support, arguing in recent interviews against Russia’s inhumanity toward the LGBT community.

This month he announced he was partnering with Axiom For Men, the men’s skin care line, in their effort to raise money and visibility for LGBT organizations.   When customers buy any Axiom For Men product, the company donates a percent of sales to LGBT charities including Family Equality Council and The National Center for Transgender Equality, among others.

We sat down with the burly footballer to discuss how he is preparing for the upcoming season and to learn if the new partnership means he’ll be waxing his front and rear-don.

Does bullying exist in the rugby locker room?
I’ve never seen bullying in the locker room.  We make jokes but it doesn’t go any further than that. The coaches wouldn’t tolerate it.

What is something a guy might get chided for?
Well, the fact that I model has been a good source of jokes.

Really, a big guy like you gets picked on?
Sure, but I don’t mind.  It’s really all about the camaraderie. It never erupts into anything serious or personal. We’re just trying to have a laugh.

How will they react to your being the new face of men’s skin care?
Some might have a laugh but most guys use products these days. When they see all the loot in my gym bag, they’ll bebegging me for it.stuart swim

You actually use it?
Of course. The hair removal cream, in particular, is an important part of my gear, not only for photo shoots but for when I play rugby. If my legs are hairy it gives opponents something to grip onto when tackling and also makes treating abrasions more painful.

How often do you wax?
Once a month. Luckily, I’m not naturally hairy. My legs are hairy, but my chest isn’t.

Waxing probably helps your tats stand out.
Actually, that’s true. That was how I first started using Axiom. Their cream is known for not fading ink.  My tattoos are very personal and important to me.

Several rugby players have stood up as LGBT allies, among them: Ben Cohen, Nick Youngquest and now you. Why have rugby players stood up but not American footballers?
I don’t know that much about American football culture. In the UK, times are really changing and people are much more open-minded than they were even a decade ago.

Have you played against Cohen or Youngquest?
I have not played Ben. I hear he’s a good winger. I have played against Nick in the Super League. He’s a great player.  He’d have to be as he plays at the highest level.

Would it be safe for a professional rugby player to come out of the closet?
I think so.  Gareth Thomas came out.  He had a tough ride for a while, but he found acceptance.

How would you feel about having a gay player in the showers with you?
I wouldn’t even think twice about it. It would be like showering with any other player.

How are you gearing up for the next sporting season?
I’m currently in rehab for my Achilles. I underwent reconstruction surgery three months ago so I’m spending lots of time with physicians and trainers, lifting weights and doing cardio.  I can’t run yet but I’m almost there. This is the time in the season to put on body weight, so I’m working on that too.

Your team was league champions last year. Are you looking forward to defending your title?
Coming back as champs means we’ll face a lot more competition this season. But we’ve recruited well and everyone is excited about season. We’re ready to battle.

But first, make sure you moisturize!
Of course, I aim to shine off and on the field.

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Footballer Has Joined #LoveConquersHate

footballer articleFootballer Nick Youngquest has joined “#LoveConquersHate”, HRC’s effort to urge the International Olympic Committee to condemn Russia’s anti-gay laws. The former Rugby player now male model – he recently signed with DT Model Management’s male division – Facebooked a photo of himself wearing HRC’s t-shirt with “Love Conquers Hate” written in Cyrillic.

The Human Rights Campaign created the grassroots movement to show solidarity with the Russian LGBT community and expose the heinous laws in Russia.

“Love Conquers Hate” shirts are available online at HRC.org.  Proceeds from sales will help on-the-ground LGBT groups in the former Soviet Union.

Supporters are also encouraged to post photos modeling the tees with the hashtag #LoveConquersHate.