Now he is the first active fighter in history who is openly gay. He wasn’t sure how boxing fans or other boxers would great him but he took the chance at acceptance. Deciding to come out was a quest for respect and to say yes, this is who I am. If Orlando Cruz can come out in one of the toughest sports, when will other players come forward in their sports? Should they? After all I think it is kind of personal who or what you go to bed with and none of anyone’s business.
Right now there may be hundreds of gay men hiding their sexuality in professional team sports. After all, gay men usually are not great athletes. It must be difficult to be in the locker rooms with straight guys that throw around the word faggot when referring to just about anything. About fifty years ago in 1962 there was a boxer named Benny “Kid” Paret who died 3 days after a secretly gay boxer Emile Griffith reacted with extra violence after being taunted with repeated gay slurs during the fight.