Robbie Rogers Thanks Thomas Hitzlsperger For Letting Young Gay Athletes Know They’re Not Alone

imagesFor me, and I imagine most gay and lesbian people, it’s as if that frightened 12-year-old child is still there inside you. When we see men like Thomas make this announcement, it helps to heal the scared gay kid that still resides in each of us, remembering how alone we felt. But we were never really alone. And it helps me to know that someone I watched and admired as a boy was just like me when he was out there competing on the field. I would say that I can’t imagine what a difficult decision it was for Thomas to come out publicly – but I can easily imagine. In fact it is the most terrifying thing I have ever done.

It always feels funny when people congratulate me for coming out, because they’re congratulating me for simply telling the truth. But at a moment like this, my first thought is to congratulate Thomas. To thank him for taking the risk, for himself and for all the people who will be helped and inspired by his brave act. We can only hope that by joining the conversation, he can help move it forward.”


Robbie Rogers in a commentary about retired  footballer Thomas Hitzlsperger, who came out this week, published in The Guardian


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  • 2eo

    The Story of Hitzlsperger made lead headline news on BBC and all over the world, an absolutely fantastic story to have, it’s the first time a genuine consistent top level player in the worlds leading sport has come out.

    These are the people who really dent the credibility of the people who hate us, they can’t say top players are all straight any more.

  • MikeE

    @2eo: It’s only a shame that he had to wait until he retired from football to come out.

  • 2eo

    @MikeE: Agreed, it’s a shame, that still doesn’t detract from his importance, he’s really been there and done it on the biggest stage in the biggest sport.

    It’s a massive PR win for our community.

  • balehead

    Come out and retire….is that a dance step now??

  • Dixie Rect

    Shut up Robbie, you’re a complete bore. Tom Daley stole your limelight. Sorry baby, better luck next time.

  • alanj

    @2eo: In another more recent interview in The Guardian he says he wanted to come out in 2011 but management strongly advised him not to, believing it would derail his football career, so he he chose to wait. I guess risking your livelihood when you operate in such an elite area was not an option for him. His career was cut short due to injury not lack of form, a lot of UK fans still thought he was currently playing in Europe.

  • Tackle

    WTF is he talking about?? I would beg to differ about there still being a 12-years-old child who is scared inside most lesbian & Gays. maybe I read this wrong, but I say that isn’t so. Definately not in me…

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