|Gay Games Ambassadors David Kopay and Chris Morgan|
with Roger Brigham and Gene Dermody
at closing ceremony of Gay Games VII, Chicago 2006
Queers - and homophobia - in sports. In 1975, former 49er [and Gay Games Ambassador] David Kopay came out as gay, wrote a bestselling book about it, and rocked the sports world. 37 years later, despite all the gains for gay rights generally, only a handful of major athletes have followed him out of the closet. He’s still an activist and athlete, and the official race starter for this year’s SF FrontRunners Pride Run, June 23 in Golden Gate Park. Kopay shared his story on Out in the Bay.
Joining him to talk about queer athletes and homophobia in sports were Helen Carroll, who leads the Sports Project at the National Center for Lesbian Rights; Roger Brigham, "Jock Talk" writer for the Bay Area Reporter [and FGG board member and founder of the Equality Coaching Alliance]; and long-time FrontRunner Katharine Holland. Eric Jansen hosts.