Wait of the world

2011 was an ideal year for a pioneering gay athlete to emerge. So where were they?

Updated: December 30, 2011, 1:34 PM ET
By Howard Bryant | ESPN The Magazine

AS 2011 GIVES WAY TO 2012, "don't ask, don't tell" has disappeared from the military, gay adoption is commonplace, Houston and Portland have gay mayors, and same-sex marriage is legal in half a dozen states and counting. Meanwhile, numerous athletes and coaches have told me they couldn't care less if a teammate were to come out, suggesting now is the time for openly gay players in mainstream team sports.

So why are we still waiting? It's been more than a decade since ...

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