If the public acceptance of NBA’s Jason Collins is any indication, the tide has definitely turned in favor of out professional athletes. If you need even more evidence, there’s the just-announced launch of a National Gay & Lesbian Sports Hall of Fame.
The goal of the non-profit foundation is to honor people and organizations that have “stood up to stereotypes” and embraced out athletes, Bill Gubrud, executive director and board chairman, said to the Chicago Tribune.
And you know there’s always going to be room for someone like Chris Kluwe.
“We’re not just going to honor gay athletes, but other athletes who helped those gay athletes along and provided a safe haven,” Gubrud added.
The non-profit will accept nominees beginning this summer with an induction ceremony scheduled for August 2 at the Center of Halsted, Chicago’s LGBT community center.
While Jason Collins is likely a slam dunk and we can’t forget the splash made by Olympic gold medalist Greg Louganis (pictured), the nominations are open to athletes from any sporting level, from youth leagues to professional sports.
Who do you think should be among its inaugural inductees?