Bil Browning

Luke Huff: Gay Pro Biker

Filed By Bil Browning | January 08, 2012 1:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Entertainment, Marriage Equality
Tags: Luke Lucky Huff, pro motorcycle racer

Queers for Gears has an interesting interview with pro motorcycle racer Luke "Lucky" Huff that touches on the athlete's experiences with being LukeHuff2.jpegopenly gay on the racetrack. The piece also talks about his relationship with his partner, a non-racer who worries about Huff's safety.

Q4G: Being openly gay in the series, have you had any negative reactions with competitors or the sanctioning body?

LH: Being openly gay in racing sounds like a difficult marriage of personalities, but it's not really. One's sexual preference rarely comes up at the race track other than an occasional cat call or comment about women in general. Since almost every race series also has women racers that regularly beat many of the guys out there, the comments are quickly dissipated when someone makes a remark about that same girl passing them and knowing how to race a bike better. The same can be said about negative comments about gay people in general. It's very rare I've ever heard anyone act or speak with a homophobic tone at the track. Even then, the person who made the comment in poor taste would usually apologize later when word gets around to them that I or someone else in the paddock is in fact gay. I don't feel that I have any larger hurdles to clear than any other racer in the paddock and the sheer fact that your performance on the track by you alone riding your motorcycle is one of the reasons I'm so drawn to this sport. No one can claim they are faster or better. They either beat you on the track or they didn't. Lucky for me, not many have.

I'll admit that I'm terrified of motorcycles. One look at Huff tho and I'd climb up behind him and wrap my arms around his waist. I'd just ask him if we could keep the ignition off and sit like that for a while...


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