About a year ago, World Sport and CNN International debuted this terrific hour long documentary about the experience gay athletes have both before and after coming out to the world. Thankfully, they have finally made the documentary available for public consumption exclusively on Vimeo. The film follows the lives of LA Galaxy footballer Robbie Rogers, Phoenix Mercury basketball player Brittney Griner, and Olympic speed skater Blake Skjellerup.
From the official synopsis:
Character, camaraderie, integrity; attributes often touted in the world of sport. But in recent years, there’s one action that’s gradually being tested on the field and in the ring… tolerance. The topic of homosexuality and homophobia in sport seems to have run rampant among the world’s leading sporting federations.
In ‘World Sport Presents: Journey of the Gay Athlete’, a one-hour original documentary, CNN gets exclusive access to people on the frontlines fighting against homophobia in sport, to profile some of sport’s most courageous athletes and hear their stories of tackling sport's last taboo:
Professional footballer for the LA Galaxy, Robbie Rogers shares what it was like growing up gay on the pitch and delves into his greatest fears about coming out in the international world of football.
Brittney Griner, basketball player for the Phoenix Mercury, always knew she would be a professional athlete. But she didn’t always know how she to cope with being taunted and bullied as a teenager or how to navigate high school as a lesbian.
For years, speed skater Blake Skjellerup dreamed of representing New Zealand in the Olympics. To Blake, being gay meant his dream of competing on the international stage seemed almost impossible. He shares his thoughts on the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics and why he stands beside those opposing Russia’s gay propaganda laws.Since this video is exclusive to Vimeo, just click the button below to go watch! Enjoy!