The idea was to cover everything from recreational activities — the first story was about an organization that started with a kickball league in Humboldt Park — to the pros.
So much has happened since. Bill Gubrud has launched the National Gay and Lesbian Sports Hall of Fame, right here in Chicago.
Major League Soccer became the first of North America’s Big 5 pro sports leagues to have an active, openly gay player when Robbie Rogers took the field for the Los Angeles Galaxy after coming out while his contract rights belonged to the Chicago Fire.
Then during the last NBA offseason, Jason Collins came out; he remains officially active, waiting for a call to rejoin the league midseason as he has done before in his career.
And just in the past few days, the NFL found out it too would soon have a gay player when Missouri star defensive end Michael Sam told his coming-out story to ESPN and the New York Times ahead of this year’s draft combine.
The pace of change in the LGBT presence in mainstream sports — college and even high school athletes have come out in the past few months — has gone from glacial to warp speed in what seems like the blink of an eye. It feels like a watershed moment, much like it does with the freedom to marry movement.
Against that backdrop, it seems like the right time to boost our coverage of the LGBT sports scene. Expect some breaking news, some commentary and, hopefully, some conversations about where we are and where we’re going. It should be a fun ride.