Openly Gay Baseball Player Glenn Burke Gets a Film; Produced By Jamie Lee Curtis
Thanks to the buzz about Openly gay professional athletes created by Jason Collins and Michael Sam, “Halloween” actress Jamie Lee Curtis has started developing a feature film based on the life of Out MLB baseball player Glenn Burke.
Regular readers of Cypher Avenue should be very familiar with Glenn Burke as we’ve discussed him here on the site since way back in 2011.
The film, written and co-produced by Ross Katz (best known for producing “Lost in Translation”) , will be adapted from Burke’s own memoir, “Out At Home: The Glenn Burke Story.”
“With Michael Sam’s brave and bold statement, he joins the trifecta of American sports – Glenn Burke, MLB; Jason Collins, NBA; Michael Sam, NFL – dealing with gay athletes, and forcing open the door permanently.” Jamie Lee Curtis said.
My picks for the actor to play Glenn Burke: Michael B. Jordan. It would be interesting to see if he would be brave enough to take on such a role.
It should be noted that while Glenn Burke is considered the first openly gay Major League Baseball player, he did not come out to the public until after his retirement. This is shadowed by the fact that most, if not all, of his teammates knew that he was gay. He did not try to hide his sexuality, he just didn’t wear it on his sleeve as a defining trait…something that’s highly encouraged nowadays.
Although Burke passed away in 1995, his legacy will live on.
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