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GLAAD Media Awards: Greg’s red carpet recap

Just got back from the GLAAD Media Awards and wanted to get these red carpet photos that I took posted right away.

So what if President Bill Clinton (the night’s big honoree) or presenters Leonardo DiCaprio, Charlize Theron, Jennifer Lawrence, Toby Maguire, Betty White, Alex Pettyfer and host Drew Barrymore did not walk the red carpet.

There were plenty of cool people to talk to (or at least get photos of in some cases) starting with the Evans family.

They were not doing interviews and had finished posing for photos down at the other end but were nice enough to stop and pose for me when I mentioned to Lisa Evans, mother of Chris Evans and Scott Evans, that I enjoyed seeing her with her son Scott on One Life to Live.

No such flattery needed to get Matt Bomer to stop and say hello. The White Collar star and partner Simon Halls were rushing in close to show time (Matt was one of the first presenters) but Matt came over and said, “We’ve got to take a photo together.”) So here it is! And who took it? Simon, one of the most high-publicists in Hollywood. Then Simon said to me: “Read you every day” and mentioned the Morning Man feature.

That was s-weet.

Would have loved to say hello to Trevor Donovan but, for the second year in a row at the GLAAD event, he rushed by most of the red carpet. He had gotten his photo taken by the banks of photographers and I guess that was the purpose for showing up since he wasn’t a presenter.

Trevor did stop for a split second when I called his name but acted as if he were being pulled by gravity off of the red carpet.

Matt Dallas, the actor who came out earlier this year, was a little more polite about not giving interviews. He smiled and told me he was all done with them and agreed to pose for a photo.

Days of Our Lives stars Kate Mansi (Abigail) and Nathan Owens (Cameron) did more than pose for a photo. They chatted a good long while about the show’s gay storyline involving Will and Sonny which, as you know, is followed closely here on Greg In Hollywood.

Will share our interview in the coming days.

Then there was Sonny himself - Freddie Smith. We had a nice interview about the Will and Sonny plot and about his acting relationship with Chandler Massey (Will). I’ve noted in some of my recent Days posts that Freddie as Sonny has been able to really flex some acting muscles and is doing a terrific job.

Had a wonderful chat with Peter Paige, the Queer as Folk alum who is one of the creators and writers on the new ABC Family series The Fosters and will share that with you soon. The series premieres in June.

I was so moved while chatting with Shane Bitney Crone whose story is the focus of the documentary Bridegroom to premiere this week at the Tribeca Film Festival.

It tells what happened after his partner of six years, Tom Bridegroom, was killed in an accidental fall off of a building in their Los Feliz neighborhood. Shane’s grief was compounded by the heartless actions of Tom’s homophobic family subsequently but he was also treated with indifference by most of hospital staff.

After we talked, I gave Shane a hug because he just moves me so. Our interview will post this week.

Also had good interviews with a pair of LGBT activists who have really led the way in the fight against the Boy Scouts of America’s ban on gay members. Jennifer Tyrrell, the lesbian den mother kicked out of her son’s troop because of her sexuality; and Zach Wahls, an amazing young man from Iowa who spoke to the Iowa Judiciary Committee in 2011 about his two moms and a YouTube video of his comments went very, very viral.

It was good to chat with Omar Sharif Jr. (yes, his grandfather is the Doctor Zhivago star). He has just joined the staff of GLAAD as a national spokesperson!

Had exactly five seconds or so to ask Andrew Rannells a question before he was rushed in. I don’t remember what it was or what he said. Will have to listen to the recorder later.

And finally, there is Thomas Roberts, the MSNBC anchor whose morning show is a great way to start the day.

Thomas does such a marvelous job tackling the big stories of the day but I am especially grateful for his handling of LGBT topics. I’m so glad he’s where he is at in this time in our history.

My interview with Thomas will also be seen soon.

But first, I’ve got to get to bed!

PHOTOS: 1) Chris Evans, Nancy Evans and Scott Evans 2) Matt Bomer and Simon Halls 3) Greg Hernandez and Matt Bomer 4) Trevor Donovan 5) Matt Dallas 6) Kate Mansi and Nathan Owens 7) Greg Hernandez and Freddie Smith 8) Naya Rivera 9) Brad Goreski 10) Rumer Willis and Jayson Blair 11) Andrew Rannells 12) Sara Gilbert 13) Ted Danson and Mary Steenbergen 14) Thomas Roberts 15) Greg Hernandez and Thomas Roberts

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Happy 76th Birthday to ageless George Takei!

Hard to believe that someone as cool and hip as George Takei is turning 76 today.

He is living proof that life can still be a blast at any age.

The Star Trek icon has become one of the most eloquent spokesmen for LGBT equality and is amazingly internet savvy.

May he go on and on and on!

Here are some videos Geoge has made in recent years.

Oh myyyyyyyy!

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“Glee” has been renewed for TWO more seasons!

I’m a big a fan of Glee as ever and am thrilled that this wonderful show will have a season 5 and a season 6.

The show, currently in its fourth year, features several LGBT characters including gay glee club members Kurt and Blaine, lesbian cheerleader Santana, and transgender student named Unique.

Love ‘em all – and really love the straight but delicious Sam (Chord Overstreet).

Jane Lynch won an Emmy in 2010 for her performance as cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester and Chris Colfer won a Golden Globe Award in 2011 for his performance as Kurt.

The series was created by producer Ryan Murphy who is also responsible for The New Normal, American Horror Story and also the late great Nip/Tuck and Popular.

‘Glee debuted as the first and only successful musical comedy series on television, and more than four years later, it continues to defy genres, break new ground and have a significant impact on popular culture,’ Fox Broadcasting company’s entertainment chairman Kevin Reilly said in a statement.

He added: ‘Week in and week out, Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, Ian Brennan, Dante DiLoreto and the entire ‘Glee’ team deliver a series that not only delights and surprises fans, but also inspires them to talk about, share, debate and engage with the show – and I’m absolutely thrilled to have them on board for another two seasons.’


Morning Man Encore: David Williams!

Originally posted April 26, 2009 – updated with additional photos.

Until February, I didn’t know who Australian rugby star David Williams was. But I immediately noticed how terrific he looks out of his uniform. Others have noticed as well – especially David among 40 NRL and football players who stripped down for the McGrath Foundation breast cancer charity calendar, Gods Of Football.

He said in an interview with a news outlet that he enjoyed posing nude for the charity calendar and DVD and would do it again!

Excellent news.

Williams was also featured on the front cover of a new behind the scenes DVD, released in February, posing in just a pair of white briefs. It also features Dragons player Matt Cooper and Manly’s Brett Stewart from the NRL, and Hawthorn’s Luke Hodge and Essendon’s Andrew Welsh from the AFL.

Williams said he liked being a gay icon, and joked that he’d turn gay for his Sea Eagles teammate Heath L’estrange.

“I like my gay fans and I’m thankful for their support – we need all the support we can get,” he said. (And as you can see in the photo below, David is not afraid to kiss another man on the lips!)

Gods of Football: the Making of the 2009 Calendar, is available at


Gods of Football

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Lunch Break Video: See Jodie Foster Lesbian Matchmaking sketch on “The Randy Rainbow Show”

Let me just say that I’m a fan of Jodie Foster and wanted to reach into the television set and give her a hug when she awkwardly came out very publicly at the Golden Globe Awards back in January.

Because that speech was kind of bizarre in parts, it’s been ripe for parody and The Randy Rainbow Show has come up with a clever one I think you’ll enjoy.

Frank Ocean among Time’s 100 Most Influential

Openly gay Grammy winner Frank Ocean is among those featured in Time Magazine’s annual ’100 Most Influential’ issue.

Fellow Grammy winner John Legend wrote the tribute and here it is:

Frank is brilliant. The day I started writing with him, it was clear that he has a very interesting mind and a distinctive way of expressing himself. He was fearless and innately creative. You talk to some people in this business and you get the sense that they’re very focused on radio: what will be a hit or won’t be a hit. You never get that from Frank. The focus is on creating something that’s beautiful, that’s great art.

Frank broke a lot of rules with his album Channel Orange. He wasn’t focused on “What’s gonna be my single?” And obviously, one of the cardinal rules was that he wasn’t supposed to come out. But he did, and he did it in a way that speaks to what kind of artist he is, in a beautifully written letter to his fans. The day the letter was published, he came over to my house for a July 4 barbecue, where he was among friends who supported him and showed him love.

How fitting that he released his “declaration” on Independence Day. I think Frank’s career will be defined by his fearlessness and his artistic freedom. He has the talent, the ability and the brilliance to have an impact for a long time. He will follow his muse wherever it goes — he’s not the kind of artist to adhere to everyone else’s schedule. That’s what makes him special.


Jackie Chan and other celebs speak out for LGBT equality in new series of GLAAD videos directed by Brett Ratner

GLAAD this week officially launched a new public service announcement campaign helmed by director Brett Ratner.

The GLAAD ‘Coming Out for Equality’ PSA series features a diverse group of straight celebrities and athletes “coming out of the closet” as supporters of equality and calling for other Americans to speak out.

Here is the video featuring Jackie Chan!


Friday Morning Man: Olivier Giroud!

Olivier Giroud is a yummy French footballer who plays for English club Arsenal in the Premier League and the French national team.

The 26 year old plays as a striker and is known for his size, physical style of play and his heading ability.

I discovered him over at where he was in the final 16 in the King of the Hardwood contest.

Olivier failed to make it to the elite 8 but I think it’s a great consolation prize to be a Greg In Hollywood Morning Man instead!

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Days of Our Lives: Will busts Brian on his flirting and tells him: “Sonny and I are together. Sonny is mine”

Nice change-of-pace episode of Days of Our Lives today with no Nick to ruin Will and Sonny’s day.

Will, Sonny, Chad, T and Brian have all played some basketball together and arrive at Brady pub all sweaty and thirsty.

Brian, who is drop dead gorgeous with the prettiest eyes in Salem gets set straight by both Will and Sonny in regards to his flirtation with Sonny.

Poor Brian! He can give me a call and I’ll console him – even if he is a fictional character!

Lots of smooching in these scenes between Will and Sonny and a nice moment t the end with Will’s great-grandma Caroline.


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Joel McHale: The Advocate Interview

Joel McHale, star of Community and host of The Soup, is not only smart and funny, he’s also super hot.

And gay fans have noticed!

Joel had a chat with Brandon Voss for The Advocate that you will just love.

Here are some highlights:

What does the support of the gay audience mean to you?
Community needs all the help it can get, so thank God for our gay fans. Our young gay fans especially are the loudest and most Internet-savvy. That also speaks to the quality of our show, which I think is highly intelligent.

Do guys ever hit on you?
Much like in Say Anything, guys usually stand outside my house with a boombox over their head blasting the Indigo Girls. Actually, guys sometimes will tweet me, “I’m in L.A. Staying at such-and-such hotel. What do you think?” Of course, it all depends on the quality of the hotel. Back when I had just moved to L.A., before I was on any show, I was meeting a friend at a bar connected to this restaurant we went to. When I got there, I was the only one in the bar. While I was messing with my phone, I didn’t notice the whole bar fill up with men. Guys kept coming up, asking, “What’s going on, man?” I figured they’d seen the commercials I was in. Then I realized that these men were coming on to me because I was alone in a gay bar.

What’s the best way for a straight man to handle that situation?
Just a very quick, courteous blowjob.

You once told The Advocate that some people believe you are gay because you dress so well.
Oh, I still see that on Twitter every day. It’s flattering. I always find it really weird when guys flip out over someone thinking they might be gay. If a guy gets offended by that, there’s something’s wrong with him. I take it as a compliment.

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Video: Ryan Lochte so dumb in interview that anchor almost laughs her eyelashes off after it’s over

Olympic gold medalist Ryan Lochte has been blessed with great beauty.

But apparently he has not been blessed with brains.

He was on a Fox program in Philadelphia promoting his new E! reality show and let’s just say his answers were a little uninspired.

We’ve seen bad interviews before but what we haven’t seen is the anchors making fun of the subject seconds after he’s off the air.

I think it’s unprofessional but it’s also really funny. They really just lose it. I love that the female anchor is laughing so hard she’s afraid her eyelashes are going to come off!

Olympian Ryan Lochte Sets New World Record … For Stupidity
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The Backlot (formerly AfterElton) chats with Van Hansis about his new web series “Eastsiders”

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I’ve been a longtime reader of and for a few years way back, was a contributing writer to the site. So I’m very interested in the fact that the site has changed its name to The Backlot.

It will take some getting used to but it looks like all of the same great content is still there. Like this interview with actor Van Hansis who we, of course, got to know as Luke Snyder on As the World Turns.

Van is one of the stars of the new web series Eastsiders which will premiere on on April 23.


In advance of the premiere of “Bridegroom” at Tribeca, Shane Bitney Crone shares more about his partner’s death

I’ve written a bit in the past year about the documentary Bridegroom (see trailer HERE) which grew from the heart-wrenching video It Could Happen to You that went viral on YouTube.

The film will have its world premiere next week at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City.

It tells the story of Shane Bitney Crone and what happened after his partner of six years, Tom Bridegroom, was killed in an accidental fall off of a building in their Los Feliz neighborhood.

Crone’s grief was compounded by the heartless actions of Tom’s homophobic family subsequently but he was also treated with indifference by most of hospital staff when Tom was brought in.

He writes in a new Huffington Post column: “When I arrived at the emergency room, nurses refused to tell me anything and would not allow me to see him, because he and I weren’t “family.” Tom and I had been together for six years, and we had vowed to marry each other when it was legally recognized, but in the eyes of the hospital and the government, I was just a roommate. Eventually a doctor came in and said coldly, “He didn’t make it.” That was it. The love of my life, whom I had just seen that morning, was no longer alive. I was numb. My best friend fought with the stubborn nurses to let me see Tom’s body, but they all refused. Eventually a sympathetic nurse, risking her job, quietly led me into his room. His body was covered, but I could see blood around where his face was and tubes emerging from his chest. The only place I could put my hand was on his leg. I did three final taps (the couple’s secret signal for ‘I love you’) and left.’

‘It didn’t occur to me in that moment that I would never see him again.’

‘Once Tom’s mother arrived in Los Angeles, I had no control. She took his body back to Indiana, where his funeral was held, and barred me from attending. Tom’s family had threatened to hurt me if I showed my face in their town.’

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Jeremy Irons reflects on his gay marriage leads to incest comments: “I feel I should’ve buttoned my lip”

This interview Jeremy Irons gives to BBC News shows that he has opinions about everything from smoking to gay marriage.

His recent comments about whether gay marriage might lead to fathers marrying sons for tax purposes got a lot of attention. He had also said: ‘I worry that it means somehow we debase, or we change, what marriage is. I just worry about that.’

Well, Irons is still talking. The actor says: ‘I felt I should’ve buttoned my lip. I was just flying a kite. … I was just rather amused by the idea which I put forward. It had nothing to do with my feelings.’

‘I didn’t have any opinion about gay marriage, I don’t actually have an opinion about heterosexual marriage except I sort of think it might possibly protect children. That’s why I married my wife.’

He adds: ‘Marriage is about procreation really. Historically that’s how it’s always been.’

For some people Jeremy, it’s also about love.

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Thursday Morning Man: Patrick Rafter!

There are few people on this Earth better looking than Australian tennis champion Patrick Rafter.

What makes him even more attractive is his smile, the twinkle in his eye, the feeling that he’s having a good time.

He had a terrific career that included winning the US Open in 1997 and 1998, briefly being ranked number one in the summer of 1999, twice making it to the finals of Wimbledon and winning the Australian Open doubles crown. He managed to beat Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi several times when both were at the peak of their powers.

Injury cut his career a bit short and caused him to retire in 2002. He was inducted into the Tennis Hall of Fame in 2006.

Patrick, who made the cover of GQ during the height of his tennis success, is now 40 and plays events on the ATP Senior Tour. He’s also made some underwear commercials that I think are pretty yummy.

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Health advisory from LA Gay & Lesbian Center Medical Director Dr. Robert Bolan on meningococcal meningitis

I’ve posted a story over at Gay Star News on the latest developments on Meningococcal meningitis which, we have now learned, has claimed the lives of three Southern California men since December.

Go to that site to see the story.

I’m going to post here, in its entirety, a letter from the LA Gay and Lesbian Center’s Medical Director Dr. Robert Bolan that tells you all you need to know and links you to various resources:

Dear friends,

Following the tragic death of a young man in West Hollywood who succumbed to infection by meningococcal meningitis, and the subsequent media attention, we’ve been receiving lots of calls about the disease.

Because it’s important for everyone to know the facts, we’ve developed a web page with information regarding the disease, the preventive vaccine, and a list of sites offering vaccinations.  We’ll also update the page with information about any new cases among gay/bi men in Los Angeles.

Here’s what we know:

Most importantly, seek treatment immediately if you think you’ve been exposed. Go to an emergency room if you have symptoms, including fever, severe headache and stiff neck, as well as nausea, vomiting, increased sensitivity to light and altered mental state.

Meningitis is treatable with antibiotics if it’s caught early. So know the signs and symptoms, and be aware.

For additional information and FAQs about bacterial meningitis and getting vaccinated, please check our website, which we’ll continue to update as information becomes available.

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The season finale of “Old Dogs & News Tricks”

Muscles goes to great lengths to get Bobby’s attention; Rod Rodriguez tests Brad’s new resolution; Ross and Neal come to a crossroads; Nathan seeks advice from a new shrink (special guest star Terri Garber) then has an explosive confrontation with Damian.
Stars: Leon Acord, Curt Bonnem, Jeffrey Patrick Olson & David Pevsner with Ryland Shelton, Amanda Abel and Doug Spearman. Special guest star Thom Bierdz appears again as Bobby.



Adam Lambert, GLAAD and others blasted by “ballistic” publisher of South Florida Gay News

Gee, I’m sure glad I don’t work for this guy!

The publisher of South Florida Gay News says he went ‘ballistic’ when he found out his staff had featured an interview with Adam Lambert on the cover of the newspaper while he was on leave.

The story, which broke the news that Lambert and his boyfriend had broken up, went viral and caused the paper’s website to repeatedly crash due to the surge in traffic.

‘Seeing him on the cover of our newspaper a few weeks ago made my partner and me puke,’ writes publisher Norm Kent in a new column. ‘Other than feature new makeup every day, what has this kid done to warrant a cover story?’

He adds: ‘Four years of publishing the Express Gay News, and four years into South Florida Gay News, and the story that takes down our website is Adam Lambert’s breakup with his boyfriend? This is unreal. How shallow have we become?’

The publisher also takes aim at GLAAD for deciding to present Lambert with the Davidson/Valentini Award at its San Francisco ceremony on 11 May. The award is given to an openly LGBT media professional who has made a significant difference in promoting equality for the LGBT community.

Writes Kent: ‘Give me a break. This award is presented to whoever can fill the seats and make money for GLAAD at its annual fundraising dinner. … GLAAD is sucking off that publicity and fame to line their own pockets, instead of choosing someone worthy of that award. GLAAD needs to get its priorities straight. Stop awarding celebrities and acknowledge the unheralded champions of justice that fight the good fight for LGBT justice everyday. There are many out there.’

Okay, so Kent has said his piece and is entitled to his opinion. But this is all a bit over the top, don’t you think? You wonder if he may have alienated more than a few people – especially Adam Lambert fans!

The Glamberts will make themselves heard on this one!

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Kathy Griffin pops off on Sarah Palin, Sen. Rob Portman and her love of WeHo donuts in Frontiers interview

I really enjoyed editor Stephen Horbelt’s cover story interview with Kathy Griffin in the latest issue of Frontiers which celebrates the magazine’s 31st anniversary.

Here are a few highlights:

On political humor likely to be in her May 4 show at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood (formerly Kodak Theatre): “My finger is on the pulse. Also, I’m not above making fun of any politician.

OK, well maybe I’m going to make fun of conservatives like the Palins a little
more, but only because they keep doing funny shit. You know, I’m fascinated—at CPAC, Sarah Palin literally accused President Obama of wanting to be a reality star. Last time I checked—and let me tell you, if there’s one thing I know, it’s reality television—I don’t think the president has had even one reality show, and I think the Palins have had about five. I thought that was ironic.

And then Senator Rob Portman of Ohio coming out for gay marriage, which I’m going to make fun of, and here’s why: I think it’s an amazing thing—Ohio is arguably a red state, it’s on the bubble—but you don’t think it’s a little bit funny that he’s in favor for gay marriage because of his gay son? [Laughs] I mean, is that what it’s going to take? Does every United States Senator have to have a kid come out and say, “Mom, Dad, I’m gay” for them to actually believe in equal rights?
If that’s the case,I say we infiltrate. I say we go canvassing door-to-door to conservative—especially religiously conservative—representatives, and we go to their teenage children. Seriously, it’d probably take 50 dollars. We say, “I need you to do me a solid. Tonight at dinner, just tell your parents that you’re gay. See if they change their vote, and if you play nice, there might be a payment of 10 bucks per month for the next year.”

On the pilot she recently filmed a pilot for CNN with Anderson Cooper: “I think Jeff Zucker [the president of CNNWorldwide] is looking to kick things up over there. He was my boss at NBC for a long time, and I admire that he is willing to make bold moves.
[The pilot] was a lot of fun, and think Jeff is looking to capture some of the New Year’s Eve razzle dazzle, but with the gravitas of someone like Anderson Cooper, who really is just bringing the heat day after day— Anderson being an actual newsman who likes to have fun, and me being a real comedian with awards and a real body of work behind me.”
“Thinking of me on CNN might be a bit of a stretch, but you know, Jeff is thinking he has two people in their fields who know what they’re doing. But I actually have no idea what’s going to happen with that. I know Jeff is making changes, and Anderson and I enjoy working together. I actually filmed his last Anderson Live, so I felt like I got to be the Bette Midler to his Johnny Carson, and I just think the guy’s great. He definitely knows his shit, and he likes to have fun.

Kathy also shared with Stephan her version of partying: “My partying comes in the
form of hot donuts or donut holes. So, I’m no stranger to the donut shop right in the middle of WeHo—the one that has the signs on it at Crescent Heights and Santa Monica.
First of all, I’m going to acknowledge the bitterness I have against that particular donut shop, because I go for donuts at a fairly reasonable hour—you know, you can stumble
out of Hamburger Mary’s and go get one—but they have those damn signs covering the windows, so you can’t actually see the fryer. I’ve actually gotten into altercations when I’ve
gone there—if I’m not worried about my girlish, hot model body and want a donut—because I feel like they’re holding out on me and not giving me hot ones. I’d say that donuts for me are a food group. I also enjoy a cake pop. I have a sweet tooth, and that is my version of partying.”

When told the donut shop will be cleared away to make room for a Walgreens, Griffin said: “You’ll probably just see me in a ball crying in front of their very final batch of warm glazed buttermilk donuts.”

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Retired pro soccer star Robbie Rogers is considering returning to his sport as openly gay man

Retired US soccer player Robbie Rogers tells ABC’s Nightline that he is considering a return to the game. He’s just 25 and retired in February at the same time he came out publicly.

If he were to return, it would be huge – and historic.

No male has ever been openly gay in a major team sport in the US during their playing days.

The time seems right for someone to do it and I hope Rogers decides he’s the one to do it. If he doesn’t, I still have tremendous respect for him for coming out at all and wish him all the best.

Here is some of what he had to say in the Nightline interview:

‘Gay athletes are athletes,’ he said. ‘If I go back to soccer, I want to go back as Robbie. I just want it to be as simple as that.’

In the Nightline piece, Rogers is seen traveling back to visit his family in Huntington Beach. He had come out to the tight-knit, conservative, Catholic group via Skype before coming out to the rest of the world.

He said that while he was playing and in the closet, ‘you go to work feeling like, “I hope no one finds out that I’m gay.” If that happens, you can’t play the sport that you love.’

In locker rooms as far back as high school, Rogers says he heard gay slurs ‘all the time. Everywhere.’

‘That’s what scars you,’ he says. ‘It’s just the atmosphere of sports. It’s that macho man mentality. Sports is a bit behind our society. That atmosphere, it’s hard to change.’