ESPN Shows Gay Champion Bowler Kiss Husband
BY Diane Anderson-Minshall
January 02 2013 11:50 AM ET
In what Outsports calls a possible first, TV network ESPN showed an out gay athlete kissing his husband after winning the 2012 PBA Chameleon Bowling Championship in Las Vegas. The winner, Scott Norton, held his head in his hands and cried after winning, then kissed and hugged his husband, Craig Woodward. According to JW, a gay bowler, and a friend of Norton's, IABowling.tv's Jaime Perez, ESPN’s announcers referred to Woodward as Norton’s husband or spouse throughout the telecast.
According to JW, ESPN also said Norton "came out after his win in 2011 during the telecast. They also mentioned that his first title win in 2011 helped him come out the shadow of his mother, Hall of Fame bowler Virginia Norton, but that this second win defined him as a true threat on tour."
The win, says Outsports, makes Norton a rising (gay) star on the professional bowling circuit. A full rundown of the event is at Outsports.com.
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