Jason Collins Comes Out As First Active Gay Athlete In Professional Sports

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Old 04-29-2013, 12:37 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Jason Collins of the Washington Wizards came out in a Sports Illustrated story on Monday and opened up as the first active gay athlete in professional sports.

"I'm a 34-year-old NBA center. I'm black. And I'm gay," Collins wrote.

"I'm glad I'm coming out in 2013 rather than 2003. The climate has shifted; public opinion has shifted. And yet we still have so much farther to go. Everyone is terrified of the unknown, but most of us don't want to return to a time when minorities were openly discriminated against."

Collins, a free agent, has had a 12-year NBA career and most notably appeared in back-to-back Finals with the New jersey Nets.

Collins' twin brother, Jarron, also played 10 seasons in the NBA.

Via Franz Lidz/Sports Illustrated

NBA player Jason Collins says he is gay - The Magazine - SI.com
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Old 04-29-2013, 12:50 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Old 04-29-2013, 12:54 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Old 04-29-2013, 01:05 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Might have an easier time than John Amechi did, whom I thought was the first openly gay NBA player and not Collins - maybe Amechi came out after his career? Regardless of that pickiness I respected when Amechi stood up and I have the same respect for Collins.
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I'm awaiting the first superstar in his prime coming out... That will be an event!!
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oh my god! keep him out of the locker room, lest he see a dick!
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Well, personally, I don't see how this is worthy of a front-page, breaking news status on CNN. Or, for that matter, why is this important at all. It has nothing to do with sports or with, for instance, the fight of gays and lesbians to legitimize their marriages.

He is obviously a brave person, I just wish people would stop paying so much attention to other people's sexuality in particular and private lives in general.
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Once there are no issues mike, then this will not be important, I'm afraid we're far from that at this point. So, ya man, it's very newsworthy.
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Well, personally, I don't see how this is worthy of a front-page, breaking news status on CNN. Or, for that matter, why is this important at all. It has nothing to do with sports or with, for instance, the fight of gays and lesbians to legitimize their marriages.

He is obviously a brave person, I just wish people would stop paying so much attention to other people's sexuality in particular and private lives in general.
Cause he is the first active athlete, of a major American team sport, to come out as openly gay?
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Cause he is the first active athlete, of a major American team sport, to come out as openly gay?
Yeah, I get that. I am questioning why this is such a great news story, worthy of a breaking news headline on CNN's front page and/or why he had to "come out publicly" to begin with?
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why he had to "come out publicly" to begin with?
He didn't have to - he wanted to.
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He didn't have to - he wanted to.
Yes, but why? Honestly, I am not being difficult, I am just not getting all this "being in the closet" vs. "coming out of the closet" thing in general, not as it applies to Collins, say.

I get it that there are some homosexual people who, for various reasons, try to hide their sexual preference. It's their right, no matter what their reasons are, to do so, however unsuccessful or counter-productive it might be in the long run.

There are other people (I respect them more, personally) who don't give a flying fuck about what others might think and behave (dress, talk, date, etc.) in a manner of their choosing without trying to pretend that they are something they are not. Of course, that's their right as well.

I also get how someone, who initially belonged to the first category, might decide "to hell with it, I am really sick and tired of pretending" and move himself into the second one.

What I don't get is the press-conferences, public announcements and news stories commemorating the event.
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it's a massive change in a field that is, at least, 20 years behind the times in social acceptance of gay lifestyles. it's huge news because one of the most high profile dinosaurs is being challenged.
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Why am I coming out now? Well, I started thinking about this in 2011 during the NBA player lockout. I'm a creature of routine. When the regular season ends I immediately dedicate myself to getting game ready for the opener of the next campaign in the fall. But the lockout wreaked havoc on my habits and forced me to confront who I really am and what I really want. With the season delayed, I trained and worked out. But I lacked the distraction that basketball had always provided.
The first relative I came out to was my aunt Teri, a superior court judge in San Francisco. Her reaction surprised me. "I've known you were gay for years," she said. From that moment on I was comfortable in my own skin. In her presence I ignored my censor button for the first time. She gave me support. The relief I felt was a sweet release. Imagine you're in the oven, baking. Some of us know and accept our sexuality right away and some need more time to cook. I should know -- I baked for 33 years.
When I was younger I dated women. I even got engaged. I thought I had to live a certain way. I thought I needed to marry a woman and raise kids with her. I kept telling myself the sky was red, but I always knew it was blue.
I realized I needed to go public when Joe Kennedy, my old roommate at Stanford and now a Massachusetts congressman, told me he had just marched in Boston's 2012 Gay Pride Parade. I'm seldom jealous of others, but hearing what Joe had done filled me with envy. I was proud of him for participating but angry that as a closeted gay man I couldn't even cheer my straight friend on as a spectator. If I'd been questioned, I would have concocted half truths. What a shame to have to lie at a celebration of pride. I want to do the right thing and not hide anymore. I want to march for tolerance, acceptance and understanding. I want to take a stand and say, "Me, too."


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and even in tghis positive article he feels he needs to stand up for his manliness, even though he is gay. man, sports still has a long way to go.

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I'm not afraid to take on any opponent. I love playing against the best. Though Shaquille O'Neal is a Hall of Famer, I never shirked from the challenge of trying to frustrate the heck out of him. (Note to Shaq: My flopping has nothing to do with being gay.) My mouthpiece is in, and my wrists are taped. Go ahead, take a swing -- I'll get up. I hate to say it, and I'm not proud of it, but I once fouled a player so hard that he had to leave the arena on a stretcher.
I go against the gay stereotype, which is why I think a lot of players will be shocked: That guy is gay? But I've always been an aggressive player, even in high school. Am I so physical to prove that being gay doesn't make you soft? Who knows? That's something for a psychologist to unravel.


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Massive respect.

I'm staying away from news comment sections for the day though.
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Yeah, I get that. I am questioning why this is such a great news story, worthy of a breaking news headline on CNN's front page and/or why he had to "come out publicly" to begin with?
It's no secret that homosexuality in professional sports is a touchy subject. This is conformation of something that people knew, but never really talked about.

Plus, the first of most things is generally big news.
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