Collins Comes Out
NBA center Jason Collins has become the first major American male team athlete to come out as gay while still competing. He had this to say on the decision: “I didn’t set out to be the first openly gay athlete playing in a major American team sport. But since I am, I’m happy to start the conversation. I wish I wasn’t the kid in the classroom raising his hand and saying, ‘I’m different.’ If I had my way, someone else would have already done this. Nobody has, which is why I’m raising my hand.”
There is a video at the link with LZ Granderson, who everyone should be reading on this (and other) issues. I can’t watch the video now but look forward to catching it and his other writings on the matter later. Regardless, props to Collins for having the courage and conviction to be himself. And after putting up a similar piece about WNBA #1 draft pick Brittney Griner earlier this month, I am excited to be doing so again and look forward to the day when such revelations don’t justify or necessitate a press release.