Homophobia in Sports

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Just days before the San Francisco 49ers' first Super Bowl appearance in 18 years, cornerback Chris Culliver said he wouldn't welcome a gay teammate in the locker room. The team quickly responded with an official statement supporting the LGBT community. Do Culliver's comments reflect a pervasive anti-gay sentiment in sports, or is he an individual outlier?


Patrick Burke, co-founder of You Can Play, an LGBT sports advocacy nonprofit that works with pro-sports teams and fans to welcome gay players and gay fans

Cyd Zeigler, co-founder of OutSports.com, an online gay sports coummunity composed of sports fans, teams and leagues

David Kopay, former San Francisco 49ers running back and the first NFL player to come out in 1975