While the sporting world in general is steeped in homophobia, that’s especially true of skating, which, by and large, is a heterosexual, heavily tattooed boys club. In fact, its very culture includes getting drunk and chasing girls. For that reason, it’s a huge deal that yesterday, via a highly publicized mini doc for Vice Sports, legendary skater Brian Anderson came out as gay.
After a slew of his friends and colleagues discussed B.A’s inimitable talent (he was Thrasher‘s “Skater of the Year” in 1999), Anderson looked to camera and said, “My name is Brian Anderson, I’m a professional skateboarder, and we are here to talk about the fact that I am gay.”
While a handful of other skaters have come out, Anderson is by far the most prominent, and the positive impact this will have on young skaters struggling with their own sexuality, as well as the way the industry views homosexuality in general is significant. “B.A. is like someone who, a lot of people, that’s their favorite skater,” says pro skater Ed Templeton. “All the kids who were sitting there at home thinking, like, ‘Wait, my favorite skater is gay?’ would be forced to decide: What does that matter?”
Watch the documentary, below.