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NBA player says he’s gay

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My guess is that the decision by Jason Collins of the Boston Celtics to come out of the closet will prompt more gays in professional sports to follow suit.

HERE‘s an excerpt from Collins’ first-person article in Sports Illustrated:

I’m a 34-year-old NBA center. I’m black. And I’m gay.

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.

My journey of self-discovery and self-acknowledgement began in my hometown of Los Angeles and has taken me through two state high school championships, the NCAA Final Four and the Elite Eight, and nine playoffs in 12 NBA seasons.

I’ve played for six pro teams and have appeared in two NBA Finals. Ever heard of a parlor game called Three Degrees of Jason Collins? If you’re in the league, and I haven’t been your teammate, I surely have been one of your teammates’ teammates. Or one of your teammates’ teammates’ teammates.

Now I’m a free agent, literally and figuratively. I’ve reached that enviable state in life in which I can do pretty much what I want. And what I want is to continue to play basketball. I still love the game, and I still have something to offer. My coaches and teammates recognize that. At the same time, I want to be genuine and authentic and truthful.

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  1. But, but, but Gays aren’t supposed to be athletic and exhibit masculine average every day guy traits. They’re supposed to be actors, hairdressers and decorators and talk with lisps, make exaggerated hand gestures (like most men in the Mediterranean region do) and say fabulous a lot.

    Don’t Gays know they’re supposed to be defined by other non-Gay people? Now how are people going to tell who is and who isn’t? Next thing you know there will be Gay semi-truck drivers, construction workers, gym teachers , scientist and doctors.

    Wait till you meet your first hetero male cake decorator. The possibilities are endless now that traditional roles aren’t what they used to be.

    And don’t forget about Hollywood, it’s not just for Gays (and the Jews) anymore either.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r0Q9VWMfjZk

  2. Well said, Robert.

    I’ve known skinny, wimpy heterosexuals and burly, macho homosexuals.

    The homophobes who think gays and straights can be distinguished from one another by stereotypes are as ignorant as they are fearful.

    By the way, one interesting form of homophobia is what psychologists call “social homophobia” — the fear of being identified as gay. By dissing gays, these people think they are reaffirming their heterosexual identity. They’re afraid that if they show any tolerance of gay rights, people might get the wrong idea about them.

    And then there are those pathetic homophobes who have their own repressed homosexual desires. We’ve seen that situation in certain politicians and preachers who have denounced the gay culture only to eventually be found out as gay themselves.

    And finally, there are people who are perfectly tolerant of gays but can’t say so without making sure you know that they themselves are straight. I used to be one of those people, but I got over it.

  3. Robert: I’ve deleted a comment of yours from a post about religion, because it more rightly suited this thread.

  4. So do I have to remember it? Or is it something I can cut and paste here?

  5. Robert: Here’s what you said: “Gay basketball players? What’s next, Gay journalists?”

  6. Pat Isn’t Andrew Sullivan, the author of that article “The struggle of our time is not between religions so much as within them”, A Gay journalist? Hence, my post “Gay basketball players? What’s next, Gay journalists?”

    I think it was placed appropriately.

  7. Robert: OK. Sorry. I’ll restore it. It seemed at a glance to be intended for this thread.

  8. Craig Knauss

    It reminds me of all the controversy about allowing gays in the military. There were claims it would weaken our national defense, etc.

    The biggest complainers were the chickenhawks who never served regardless.

    I wonder what will happen when they discover there are also Muslims in the NBA!

  9. Good for Jason. He has a nice smile and wholesome appearance. Plus I hear he’s very likeable. Should be good for marketing deals.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/29/jason-collins-endorsements_n_3181108.html?1367279445

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