The atmosphere at the Second Annual Gay and Lesbian Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony held at the Center on Halsted on July 11 seemed to exemplify the courage, victory and raw emotion to be found in the arenas where each of the evening’s honorees battled—often gagged by rampant homophobia—simply for the love of the game.
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“This past year has been a year of triumph and heartache for LGBT athletes,” founder, executive director and board chair of the Sports Hall of Fame Bill Gubrud said in his opening remarks. “We’ve had the first openly gay player drafted in one of the four major sports. We’ve had numerous college athletes come out while still in college. We’ve had Olympic athletes come out. We’ve seen straight athletes show support to LGBT athletes. We’ve seen support from politicians and corporations.”