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With 52 appearances for Germany’s national team from 2004-2010, including a trip to the 2006 World Cup, and years playing in England’s Premier League, Thomas Hitzlsperger is arguably one of the most high profile footballers, active or retired, to come out as gay. The 31-year-old made the announcement Wednesday in a German newspaper (Die Zeit) four months after his retirement from the sport.

“I’m coming out about my homosexuality because I want to move the discussion about homosexuality among professional sportspeople forwards.” “Only in the last few years have I realized that I preferred living together with a man,” Hitzlsperger says. ”I was never ashamed of being who I am but it was not always easy to sit on a table with 20 young men and listen to jokes about gays.”

“I was never ashamed of how I am,” said Hitzlsperger, adding that the behavior of some of his teammates was sometimes hard to take. “Think about it. There are 20 young men sitting around a table drinking. You let most of it go, as long as the jokes are halfway funny and the rubbish about homosexuals is not hugely offensive.”

While he’ll receive some flack from critics about coming out after his retirement, I applaud him. The more athletes that come out, active or not, it will encourage others to do so and inspire our youth. Plus it’ll show the world, that gay men are equally as adept to playing sports as their heterosexual counterparts.

In other gay sports-related news, this weekend on CNN International, the documentary Journey Of The Gay Athlete premieres. Blake Skjellerup, Robbie Rogers and Brittney Griner will discuss the struggles they had to overcome for not being straight in the world of sports. “I was always very sensitive to words “homo’ and ‘fag’,” Rogers states in the promo, while speed skater Skellerup says, “It’s quite a hard thing if you’re young and in sports and don’t have anyone to relate to.” Check out the clip below.

watch the promo after the jump

Sports Stud: Bryce Harper

In: Patrick, Sports & Health, Totally GAY!
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Happy New Year everyone! It’s the first Sports Stud post for 2014 right off the bat I decided to feature this sexy baseball player… Meet Bryce Harper.This 21-year-old Major League Baseball player is an outfielder with the Washington Nationals.

Although he’s only 21, he actually went pro back in 2010 wen he was first overall pick in the 2010 Major League Baseball Draft for the team. In this past 2013 season, he became the youngest major league player (while 20 at the time) to hit two home runs in his team’s first game of the season. Impressive!

Originally from Las Vegas, the handsome athlete has been featured in magazines such as GQ and Men’s Health. He’s also modelled / was the spokesperson for Under Armor underwear for which he got a home run for hotness. You can check out his sexy photos below as well as the video of his campaign with Under Armor!

Pics & video after the jump…

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The NBA might have a shortage of openly-gay active players, but the same can’t be said of offspring from legends of the game. There’s plenty of them. Magic Johnson has a wickedly fabulous gay son named Earvin Johnson (EJ) III and Michael Jordan is the proud father of lesbian daughter Jasmine. I had no idea former Detroit Pistons player Isiah Thomas also had an openly-out child.

The Hall of Famer is father to renowned open format DJ and producer Zeke Thomas. The 24-year-old is the official DJ for the 2014 NBA All-Star Game in February. I wonder how he got that gig *wink*. In all fairness, Zeke has an impressive resume which includes collaborating with Snoop Dogg, DJ White Shadow, Ludacris, Pitbull and Wilmer Valderrama to name a few. He also plays club bashes in New York, Las Vegas, Miami, and his hometown of Detroit. He has plans to drop his debut single “Regret” sometime this year.

Thomas recently sat with Michael Musto for OUT.com where he talks about growing up as a jock, his famous father, LGBT-friendliness in the NBA, his boyfriend and much more. Check out a few quotes below, along with a picture of Zeke and his father posing for NOH8 back in 2010.

On If He Thinks The NBA Is Gay Friendly

“I do. When Jason Collins came out, my father said to me, “This isn’t something uncommon.” He played with gay players. He said, “Even in high school, I knew there were gay athletes.” It’s not as big an issue as the media like to make it out: “You’re gonna be shamed in the locker room!”

check out their NOH8 pic after the jump

Sports Stud: Kerry Rhodes

In: Patrick, Sports & Health, Totally GAY!
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For this week’s Sports Stud (which will be the last one for 2013), I’ve decided to feature NFL football hottie, Kerry Rhodes. Way back when we first started this website, our own Jonny talked about how sexy Rhodes was in one of his posts. Well, he’s right and there are some sexy shirtless pictures to prove it.

Rhodes previously played for the Arizona Cardinals but in March 13, 2013, he was released and is now a free agent. Prior to the Cardinals, he was with the New York Jets. He’s been on several TV shows and magazines and perhaps you may even recognize him from one of Lady Gaga‘s music videos. That’s right, Rhodes played the lead police officer in Gaga’s “Paparazzi” music video.

Check out his hunky photos below!

Pictures after the jump…

Sports Stud: Robert Forstemann

In: Patrick, Sports & Health, Totally GAY!
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For this week’s Sports Stud feature, I decided to feature a sport that I haven’t done for a while and that is cycling. In addition, I also picked someone that is a little beefier than the others. In fact, his nickname is “Quadzilla” due to his enormous legs… they are seriously thunder thighs. From Germany, I’ve chosen to highlight 27-year-old Robert Förstemann.

Earlier in November, the German track cyclist won the gold medal at the Track Cycling World Cup in Manchester. From what I can tell, he’s been competing nationally and internationally since 2004.

Check out his sexy photos below!

Pictures after the jump…

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Apparently inviting someone to visit Russia is the way to get them out of the closet. Wentworth Miller publicly came out when he declined an invitation to attend a film festival in Moscow and now, decorated figure skater Brian Boitano has done the same. To be fair, anyone with a gaydar operating at one percent knows that Boitano plays for our team. Though he’s skated the issue for a longtime, the 50-year-old Olympic gold medalist is publicly talking about it for the first time. Check out his statement below.

Why now? Boitano, along with two other noted openly-out athletes (Billie Jean King & Caitlin Cahow) have been chosen by President Obama to head to Sochi as part of the American Olympic Delegation. In a statement from the White House, the delegation, “represents the diversity that is in the United States.” Who knew Barack had it him to throw a little shade? Obviously, it’s a dig at Russia’s anti-gay legislation.

President Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and Vice President Joe Biden have all declined to attending the 2014 Winter Olympics opening ceremony in Sochi, Russia. They’ll be among a few other world leaders including French President Francoise Hollande and German President Joachim Gauck boycotting the international event. I expect more to follow suit.

check out the statement after the jump

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With the new year fast approaching, it’s time to start thinking about those resolutions. Without a doubt, getting into shape and losing that holiday weight is probably the most popular goal. Within weeks, if not days, many fall off the wagon. Hoping to keep us inspired, at least for the month of January, Muscle & Fitness picked Joe Manganiello to grace their first cover of 2014. Great choice if you ask me.

With a new fitness book to pimp out, naturally Manganiello agreed to show off his signature physique for the publication a second time. Featuring black-and-white photographs throughout, and Manganiello’s step-by-step workout routine that combines weights, intense cardio and a high protein diet, Evolution: The Cutting Edge Guide to Breaking Down Mental Walls and Building the Body You’ve Always Wanted promises to “turn any Average Joe into a Joe Manganiello.” His words, not mine.

If you need any more convincing that’s a good thing, check out the payoff from all the 36-year-old’s countless sweaty hours at the gym. Oh to be a towel after his workout. SIGH!!!

more pics and a video after the jump

Sports Stud: Blake Skjellerup

In: Patrick, Sports & Health, Totally GAY!
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Although we’ve written about him on Homorazzi a few times, we’ve never actually featured New Zealand Olympic Speed Skater Blake Skjellerup as a Sports Stud until now. Back in 2010, he came out after the 2010 Winter Olympic Games and has been preparing for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi since. In Vancouver, he had placed 16th in the 1000-meter.

According to OutSports.com, earlier this week Skjellerup unfortunately fell short of qualifying for the 2014 Olympic Games by one spot. The handsome athlete was set to be the first openly gay male athlete in history to compete in the Winter Olympics. This was especially poingnant given Russia’s views towards gays and lesbians. As of now, there will be no publicly out male athletes competing in Sochi. That being said, because Skjellerup placed 33rd in rankings for the 500-meter, he’s the first alternate for the games. Therefore, if any of the nations that have qualified decide not to send an athlete to the games, Skjellerup will get to go. For the 1000-meter, he is said to be the fifth or sixth alternate.

Earlier this month, I interviewed Skjellerup because we had chosed to featured him as the Masc’d Man of the Month at my skincare & grooming store/webstore, MASC. In the interview (which you can read here), he talked about his training routine, in addition to what he uses in his daily skincare & grooming routine. Check out his sexy photos below. Fingers crossed we get to see him compete in the 2014 Winter Olympic Games In Sochi!

Pictures after the jump…

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