First openly gay pro athlete issues a challenge to all sports

Andrew Goldstein played professional lacross for the Boston Cannons and never hid his sexuality

When we put together our list of the 100 most important moments in LGBT sports history, we knew we’d probably overlook something.

Maybe an Austrian hurdler came out in the Eighties, or some Slovakian soccer player had said something horribly homophobic and damaging. And we may have missed something like that.

But I was incredibly embarrassed when I realized we missed a story that we had written about extensively, and that I personally feel is a deeply important moment in our history.

Many people, gay and straight, wonder when we will have the first openly gay professional team-sport athlete in America. The truth is, we’ve already had him.

Andrew Goldstein was openly gay when the Boston Cannons drafted him in the 2005 Major League Lacrosse draft. While many athletes claim an out athlete will lose his position on the team if he comes out, Goldstein was selected by a team that knew perfectly well he was gay.

Read the full story about Andrew Goldstein and what he wants to change in sports at OUTSPORTS.

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