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Out, proud--and a big jock to boot

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Many hope gay sports leagues will be crucial in encouraging professional athletes to come out during their professional careers. (Courtesy of Jeff Kagan)


Skill levels range for players in the New York City Gay Hockey Association. While some played at the college level, others are are learning to play for the first time. (Courtesy of NYC Gay Hockey Association)


The FLAG Flag Football League in Boston holds league-wide dinners, karaoke nights, and family days to encourage socializing among the players. (Courtesy of John Vidrih/FLAG Flag Football League)

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Gay sports leagues have become so popular that some have waiting lists for people wanting to join. But gays aren't always the only players on the teams. Attracted by the camaraderie in the leagues, an increasing number of straight players are signing up.