BREAKING: First Athlete Comes Out in US Major League Sports

April 29, 2013
By Alex Showerman | 2 comments

Via Sports Illustrated : 

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." -Jason Collins, NBA Center

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I think it's about time. Good for Jason Collins. Probably will play as well as ever. The announcement will not ruin sports. He manned up as the guys say. As a straight woman I say, well, there goes another handsome man and cross him off my list of available guys but makes a great friend. I won't ever meet him, but will admire him from afar. I hope other gay athletes use this as a good reason to be the real people they are - stop telling others lies and yourself. Be you - it's better than good enough.

Maureen H Loyacono

Your headline is only true if you don't consider women athletes, or their sports "major" sports. Perhaps it could read "first active NBA player" or "first active male athlete in top 4 US sports"...

Karen H
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