Inside Story: Beating sport's gay taboo

Attitudes towards gay sportsmen are slowly changing in the US, writes Niall Stanage in Washington, DC.

1st June, 2014
Michael Sam: the 24-year-old defensive end is the first openly gay player in the history of the NFL. Joe Robbins/Getty

Sometimes, a kiss is just a kiss. Sometimes, it isn’t. A smooch that fell very definitely into the second category happened a few weeks back in the United States. The occasion was the draft for the National Football League (NFL). The draft is a big deal every year, in part because of the acute human drama it provides.

It is a three-day long event in which the 32 teams that form the world’s...

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