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Not long ago, sports -- including big-time wrestling -- were less accommodating for gay competitors. Only recently have most pro athletes remained active in their chosen careers after coming out.
In a pair of first-person essays published Wednesday by Sports Illustrated and The Players' Tribune announcing his retirement
Jason Collins, the first openly gay professional athlete to compete in any of the four major North American team sports leagues
Collins stated he thought about coming out during the lockout in 2011 when he had time on his hands and after seeing an "It Gets Better Video" his trainer did.
Cyd Ziegler, co-founder of OutSports, talks with me about the societal impact of athletes speaking up about their sexual orientation, and what can be done to improve LGBT acceptance in sports.
After Collins signed with the Nets in late February, he expressed that his focus is on basketball, not the significance of
Sports has always been about more than just winning and losing and has always been laden with symbolism that matters.
Why are we so in awe at Jason Collins and Michael Sam's coming out? Why are we fascinated again about Collins signing with the Brooklyn Nets? What is so striking about Collins and Sam's revelation?
Nets General manager Billy King previously confirmed that the team worked out Collins last week and downplayed talk about
Sam's coming out will be the true litmus test of whether the NFL is indeed open and accepting of gay players. Should no team sign him, the NFL is sending the message that no time is the right time to be out in this sport.
Navratilova, who has become a champion for gay athletes in sport since revealing she was gay in 1981, said she was disappointed
"My life changed completely. I'm a different person," Cruz said of what has happened to him since his revelation. "I just
"Jason told me he’s gay over the phone on a Monday morning in April, the same day the magazine hit newsstands," Moos wrote
Until very recently, the sports world was considered by many to be troublingly homophobic and transphobic. Most lesbian, gay
"When he put the bass in his voice saying, 'I need you to sit down,' I was like, what's going on?" Jarron Collins said. "When
Before Jason Collins revealed that he is gay, I suppose I'd never really pondered the amount of courage it takes, even in this day and age, to come out of the closet. And it does take more than a fair amount.
"God is systematically destroying America," McTernan wrote at the time. "Just look at what has happened this year." Fred
When Jason Collins decided to reveal the life he'd kept secret for so long, Harris, Dean, James Baldwin before them, and many other literary figures had already been on set, prepping the scene, readying our minds for what's to come.
ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives has been busy this week clearing a space for Jason Collins in our LGBT Archival Sports collection alongside the likes of Billy Jean King, Martina Navratilova, and John Amechi, among others.
Coming out isn't just healthy, necessary and liberating for gay people; everyone else benefits as well. Lies are destructive, not only to the person telling them but to everyone else who becomes collateral damage.