July 28, 2007
In 1975, former San Francisco 49ers running back David Kopay became the first athlete in a professional team sport to announce his homosexuality.
Cyd Zeigler co-founded outsports.com, the Web site where Kyle Hawkins first posted about being a gay coach of the Missouri men’s club lacrosse team.
School: Oregon State
Position: Softball coach
Kirk Walker became the first openly gay male coach of a Division I program when he came out to his team in September 2005.
Oregon State softball coach Kirk Walker screams from the dugout to his team on the field. He says his players and OSU administration have been supportive since he came out.
Oregon State softball coach Kirk Walker giving instructions during a game. He adopted a child with his partner, Randy Baltimore.
School: University of North Carolina
Position: Athletic communications director
Dave Lohse said the first openly gay male coach of a prominent men’s team will surface somewhere in the Northeast or on the West Coast.
School: Staples High School, Westport, Conn.
Position: Boys soccer coach
Dan Woog says coming out to players and parents took courage, but was worth the effort.
Photo courtesy of DSPics.com
Position: Softball coach
Harvard coach Jennifer Allard says she sees a generational change in the way gays are accepted in sports.
Harvard softball coach Jennifer Allard talks to team members during a loss to Columbia in March. Allard credits media as the reason for improved gay acceptance in America.
Members of the Kingdom of Callaway Chamber of Commerce take part in the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new construction at the Fulton ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Mid-Missouri LDS wards have seen much growth in past years.
A world map in the corridor of the LDS church in Fulton shows the mission locations of the members who have passed through the Fulton ward.
When Pamela Brown saw how much the LDS church members cared for her family after a house fire, she was reacquainted with the religion she once followed.
Crystal McCraken, secretary of the Relief Society at the Fulton Ward, joined the LDS church two years ago after being introduced to it by her then-boyfriend, to whom she is now married.
Working for the US Postal Service, Randy Stevens and his family have been through many wards. “Every place we go we hold an open house and welcome the community into our home. It’s the fastest way to get involved in the community and make new friends.”
Norberto Aguado poses and plays his guitar on May 5 at Gaucho's, where he performs regularly.
Fair-goers pass the Avalanche ride at the Boone County Fairgrounds on Friday.
From left, Lisa Nelson, Melissa Roach and Jason Gillard cheer for 18-month-old Jasharion Gillard in the Baby Boy Contest. Contestants were judged on personality, appearance and proper play clothing.
Amanda Williams, left, and Blair Whitney, right, wave to the crowd at the Boone county fair.