I'm writing this operating under the assumption that every one has heard the story of NBA player Jason Collins. Just in case you're a caveman and haven't heard, Collins recently made headlines when he came out to Sports Illustrated as the first openly gay athlete in a major American professional sport. What many bodybuilding fans, especially those under thirty, may not be aware of is that in the July edition of Ironman former NPC National champion and former Mr. Universe Bob Paris became the first male professional athlete in any sport to come out as openly gay while still actively competing.
Well look at that. A seemingly straight fitness guy pandering to the LGBTQ community for likes or shares or some other meaningless online currency. How novel. But a less talked about version dates back even earlier and is closely linked to underground gay subculture. Yet rarely were these matters acknowledged. To the contrary, suggestions of homo-eroticism were met with over-the-top displays of masculinity.
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