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How newsworthy is it in 2021 if a current professional athlete comes out during his or her career? Kate Scott: I think it depends on the league now. We’ve seen the WNBA and NWSL continue to lead the way when it comes to the inclusion and celebration and thus, normalization of their LGBTQ+ athletes. Meanwhile, it’s been 40 years since MLB had an openly gay active player. I just finished reading “Singled Out,” the Andrew Maraniss-written book on former Dodgers and A’s outfielder Glenn Burke, and that absolutely blew my mind. Forty years! Then I realized the NFL and most of the other professional men’s leagues in the U.S. have never had an openly gay active athlete, so hey, 40 years ain’t so bad! What I’m trying to get at is it would be a massive deal if an active NFL, MLB, NBA or NHL player were to come out and I truly hope someone or a group of players band together soon to do just that.