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article imageSoccer pro Robbie Rogers on anti-gay ‘locker room’ perceptions

By Mathew Wace Peck     Aug 25, 2013 in Sports
Robbie Rogers and his LA Galaxy teammates disprove the anti-gay rubbish spouted by homophobic hatemongers regarding gays in the locker room.
The 26-year-old former Leeds United footballer came out publicly as gay in February this year, while still living in London. At the time, he also announced his retirement from the sport, mainly because he was fearful of how other footballers would deal with having a gay teammate sharing the locker room and showers with him.
His fears were understandable given the amount of anti-gay rhetoric spouted by many in society. One only has to look at the anti-gay diatribe and hateful and insulting language posted by some Digital Journalists in articles and comments on this very site!
On Thursday, Rogers was a guest on Chelsea Handler's late-night chat show, where he revealed that his experience since he returned to professional football (in April) has been an overwhelmingly positive one.
"There's good banter," Rogers told Handler. "They make jokes when we're in the shower. If the lights are off, they'll be like, 'I wonder why the lights are off - Robbie's going in the shower!'"
Of his retirement and subsequent return to the game, Rogers said, "I stepped away for a few months [but then] I felt the support was there and that times have changed. I started with the Galaxy and the guys have been so supportive.'
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