We’ve written before about Andrew Goldstein, the former openly gay All-American Dartmouth College lacrosse player who became the first openly gay player to play a professional male team sport in North America when he was drafted by the Boston Cannons and later competed (albeit briefly) for the Long Island Lizards of Major League Lacrosse. Today, Andrew Goldstein was inducted in the inaugural National Gay & Lesbian Sports Hall of Fame class. While the class is not complete just yet as they are still accepting nominations, initial inductees include athletes such as Martina Navratilova, Greg Louganis, Billie Jean King, Jason Collins, journalist LZ Granderson, Ben Cohen, the website Outsports.com, and Goldstein among a few others.
Recently, Robbie Rogers received quite a bit of press for being the first openly gay male professional team sport athlete in the United States. But the press — even from reputable news sources — was inaccurate as Goldstein had already broken the barrier years earlier. We at Ivy Coach hope in the years to come that it won’t be necessary to have a National Gay & Lesbian Sports Hall of Fame — as well as inducted classes — because we hope the subject of gays in sports will be a moot point. But, in the meantime, we salute our friend Andrew Goldstein on this achievement.
An athlete from the Ivy League is in the inaugural National Gay & Lesbian Sports Hall of Fame class. That’s pretty cool — don’t you think? Let us know your thoughts on the subject and on Ivy League gay athletes in general by posting below.