Gay ath­letes are used to being sin­gled out. When it’s in a good way, it comes as a pleasant sur­prise. North­eastern Ath­letics Director Peter Roby recently made it clear just exactly what the ath­letics depart­ment at one of Boston’s largest uni­ver­si­ties thinks of them:

If you are a young LGBT ath­lete looking for a place to play, we invite you to con­sider North­eastern Uni­ver­sity,” he pro­claimed in a state­ment echoing sup­port for a student-​​athlete-​​led ini­tia­tive to take a stand on GLBT equality in sports.

His state­ment, at once bold in its sig­nif­i­cance and under­stated in its delivery, is likely the closest any uni­ver­sity has come to using a stance of open­ness and accep­tance toward sexual ori­en­ta­tion as a tool for recruiting in athletics.

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