Follow cnnsport. London CNN The first time Mark Bithell and his all-gay rugby team lined up against a straight side, he was overcome by a sense of his own masculinity. InOrlando Cruz became the first active professional fighter to publicly announce that he was gay. Bristol, England, UK — The fifth Union Cup tournament takes place becoming the world second largest tournament after the Bingham Cup, attended by 20 teams, hosted by the Bristol Bisons. Melbourne Chargers win the Cup for the first time.
Although he never played rugby at a professional level, Mark Bingham has become an iconic figure for gay rugby players and sportspeople around the world.
Even though Ian Roberts may have been the first high-profile player to openly admit being gay, Keegan Hirst was the first to ever do it while still active. Retrieved 13 May Robbie Rogers became the first openly gay male athlete to play in a professional American sporting match when he took the field for Major League Soccer's Los Angeles Galaxy during a match against the Seattle Sounders on May
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