It looks like the Super Bowl is getting a group of firsts.
The Super Bowl is set to premiere this Sunday (February 3rd) and it’s looking to be pretty exciting. Not only will the game between the Los Angeles Rams and the New England Patriots feature the first male cheerleaders to dance at the event, but now it will have its first openly gay camera man too.
Speaking to Outsports, Atlanta-born Scott Winer expressed how pleased he is to work at the event as an openly gay man.
“Doing a show like a Super Bowl is one of those things that in the back of your mind it’s what you work toward, but there’s also that part of you that wonders if it’s ever going to happen because it seems like such a lofty goal,” Winer told Outsports.
The 34-year-old started his career as a cameraman early. In the sixth grade, specifically. Winer says that he recorded video for a high school girls basketball team. He then dabbled in camerawork in college, at the University of Kansas, where he recorded college sports games.
Now, Winer works freelance to record several sports such as the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, MLS, FIFA men’s soccer, ATP and ITF tennis, Major League Lacrosse, FIVB beach volleyball, MMA, and more. Most of which, he does while working freelance for CBS, Turner, and local broadcasts.
All of his experience as a cameraman for sports games has left Winer with a good understanding of the love and support you can find in the environment.
“I don’t think I ever could have imagined working in an environment where there is such love and support from people I work with, from such a range of ages and experience levels,” explained Winer.
“It really is surreal."
“I’ve been very fortunate to learn from some very generous and talented people who have been incredibly supportive not just of me personally, but also of my career,” Winer added. “People who have taught me the right way to do things. The right way to interact with people, the right way to do the work. They’ve been incredible.”
Now, Winer, who claims to not know any other openly gay cameramen, is hoping to provide representation in even the most unexpected of places. He does so by including a rainbow triangle on his equipment as soon in the feature image above.
This self-built equipment, which he calls a "Magoo," is a viewfinder shade with a magnifier built into it. Winer carries the Magoo everywhere, and uses it, plus his rainbow colored Nike BeTrue shoes, to signify to other LGBTQ production workers that allies are never far away.