This is very close to me, as I just came out to my hockey league a few weeks ago. My guys asked me why I felt the need to do so. They gave me the usual thing that no one cares about personal lives and such. Well, if any of you have ever been in a hockey locker room, the conversation always heads in the direction of, "Dude, I went to this awesome strip club last night, have you been there? OMG- the chicks were incredible!" I just said, "You guys talk about your personal lives all the time. I just want to be able to do the same, and most of all, I want you all to know me. I don't want to feel uncomfortable or weird around you, and I want to tell you about my life too. BTW- I love going to strip clubs and watching you lose all your money to ladies you will never have. So take me with you sometime. " That got to them and made them laugh. It should not be so difficult to be in sports and be gay. My guys dealt with it just fine. They assured me that they love me and really, it was no big deal. It should be the same for the pros. http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/story/2011/11/10/david-testo-comes-out.html And BTW- a hockey locker room is the most disgusting place on this planet- not sexy at all. Your first instinct is to do what needs to be done and get the hell out. The smell alone is horrible.