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Former NBA player John Amaechi appears onstage at the 18th annual GLAAD Media Awards at the Marriott Marquis Hotel. Amaechi announced he was gay after his career ended.
No openly gay male athletes currently play professional football, basketball or baseball. Last year, Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant and Joakim Noah of the Chicago Bulls got in trouble for using gay slurs during their games.
But L.Z. Granderson, senior writer at ESPN, says there's increasing support among professional athletes for gay rights.
NBA star Steve Nash of the Phoenix Suns, for example, recorded a public service announcement for the Human Rights Campaign. And there are openly gay athletes in professional swimming, tennis, and figure skating.
LZ Granderson is , a senior writer at ESPN.