It appears that football's locker room culture -- which nearly drove former Patriots offensive lineman Ryan O'Callaghan to suicide before coming out -- must evolve for a gay superstar to emerge. As the tone of that discussion becomes ever more supportive, the more likely it is that another player - active or retired - who can relate to Hitzlsperger, Rogers and Martin will hear their inner voice, and be empowered to speak their truth. You have to balance it out and make sure we come to some middle ground where everyone can be happy. Everything is well organized, from the shuttle buses, to the singing of the Canadian and American anthems, to referees in striped uniforms who sound a lot like their NFL counterparts. Huddles form a crucial part of the game. Bryant -- who at 33 still sports a six-pack and the unmistakable frame of a pro athlete -- admits he was at first taken aback by the level of play in the league, then checked himself. Playing in his fourth Gay Bowl, the former Ivy Leaguer Allison is one of several straight quarterbacks in the league, because -- just like in the NFL -- good flag football quarterbacks are hard to find.
As players have to be strong characters anyway in order to succeed in the sport, the former Germany midfielder - who won 52 international caps - says positive thinking would be more helpful to a player who is considering whether or not to come out.
Homophobia in sport: Most fans 'would welcome gay players' - BBC survey
Football became an afterthought. Most sports fans in England, Wales and Scotland say they would be comfortable with their club signing a gay player, according to a BBC Radio 5 live survey. That can, of course, lead to getting more red cards. New to the city after finishing her tour with the Army, Rollins found flag football "all encompassing," and even met her wife through the league. Hitzlsperger spoke of his sexuality publicly for the first time in a magazine interview in Januarya few months after his retirement as a player. You have to listen to your own voice.
Gay Bowl participants take a knee during the singing of the American national anthem on the opening morning of the tournament, September 14, Joe Cooper of the Denver Summit, who was honored by the league as a Hall of Fame inductee this year, sums up the consensus. Director Marcel Gisler, who was given permission to shoot scenes at both Young Boys and also St Pauli in Hamburg, hopes the drama will find an audience that isn't necessarily LGBT through exposure on the small screen, attracting viewers who did not catch it in cinemas. A player sprays his son with sunscreen to protect him from the scorching weather in Denver. During his first practice, the quarterback felt "a different vibe" straight away. The World Cup draw takes place on Friday at the Kremlin, where organisers will hope football is the focus of attention.