Actress Jamie Lee Curtis is putting on her producer’s cap to make a film honoring the memory of Glenn Burke, a professional athlete who came out of the closet long before Jason Collins or Michael Sam.
Out at Home: The Glenn Burke Story will focus on Burke’s tenure with the Dodgers and Athletics during the 1970s, a time when he shared his sexual preferences to his teammates and management but not the general public. The athlete died of AIDS-related causes in 1995.
Curtis told the press the time is right for such a story to hit movie houses.
With (openly gay college football player) Michael Sam’s brave and bold statement, he joins the Trifecta of American sports, Glenn Burke – MLB (Major League Baseball), Jason Collins – NBA (National Basketball Association), Michael Sam – NFL (National Football League), dealing with gay athletes, and forcing open the door permanently. Our film will clearly honour the force and the struggle to get there.
Late last year, Curtis took part in the Human Rights Campaign’s “Love Conquers Hate” T-shirt movement to support gays in Russia.