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Posted: Apr 29 2013, 11:46 AM
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Journeyman NBA center Jason Collins has come out as gay, the first active professional major team sport athlete to do so.

He wrote an article for Sports Illustrated (that hits newsstands May 6) and came out on his terms in his own words.

Iím a 34-year-old NBA center. Iím black. And Iím gay.

I didnít set out to be the first openly gay athlete playing in a major American team sport. But since I am, Iím happy to start the conversation. I wish I wasnít the kid in the classroom raising his hand and saying, ďIím different.Ē If I had my way, someone else would have already done this. Nobody has, which is why Iím raising my handÖ.

Now Iím a free agent, literally and figuratively. Iíve 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.

You need to go read the entire story by him. Itís powerful.
Jason Collins

http://probasketballtalk.nbcsports.com/201...im-gay/related/


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Posted: Apr 29 2013, 12:13 PM
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Posted: Apr 29 2013, 12:18 PM
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I applaud him for taking that step because he didn't have to. He could've chose to continue his career silent but he chose to use his platform to speak on his reality outside his profession. Kudos to him for that. SN: Now, if Puff Daddy, Drake, Omarion, and a great deal of these other cases that are obvious would come out we'd have more room in the closet for meaningful things like clothes


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Posted: Apr 29 2013, 12:55 PM
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QUOTE (Bryan Dunnaway @ Apr 29 2013, 12:19 PM)
SN: Now, if Puff Daddy, Drake, Omarion, and a great deal of these other cases that are obvious would come out we'd have more room in the closet for meaningful things like clothes

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that motherfucker CHRIS BOSH definitely needs to come out. Child please lol
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Posted: Apr 29 2013, 01:08 PM
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Posted: Apr 29 2013, 01:14 PM
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QUOTE (The Negro Spirit @ Apr 29 2013, 12:18 PM)
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Posted: Apr 29 2013, 01:47 PM
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QUOTE (JoJo @ Apr 29 2013, 12:55 PM)
that motherfucker CHRIS BOSH definitely needs to come out. Child please lol

HIM AND LEBRON NEED TO COME OUT.


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QUOTE (MANNY G. BLIGE @ Apr 29 2013, 01:47 PM)
HIM AND LEBRON NEED TO COME OUT.

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Posted: Apr 29 2013, 02:54 PM
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"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."


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Posted: Apr 29 2013, 02:56 PM
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Posted: Apr 29 2013, 03:13 PM
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Hopefully others who want to take that step but are skeptical will take the initiative to do so. Best wishes to them! #Beproud #Bebrave #Beyourself


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QUOTE (Bryan Dunnaway @ Apr 29 2013, 12:19 PM)
SN: Now, if Puff Daddy, Drake, Omarion, and a great deal of these other cases that are obvious would come out we'd have more room in the closet for meaningful things like clothes

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QUOTE (Ms. Brown @ Apr 29 2013, 02:14 PM)

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Posted: Apr 29 2013, 04:27 PM
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I don't know someone has to make a huge announcement about it. No one cares but Bloggers.


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QUOTE (Hey Maid @ Apr 29 2013, 04:27 PM)
I don't know someone has to make a huge announcement about it. No one cares but Bloggers.

i dont totally agree with that luch, tho i do feel that this is big news for blogs, but i think
about younger black men, who plays ball that doesnt really have any role models
who are "famous" or in the spotlight, who isnt some flaming fag prancing around in heels screaming hey ms girl...or some
over sexed porn star, or attention whore.

i think its great, a small step that could have a positive echo into the future...

if you ask me, which no one has maryluvs_giggle.gif ...but i think thats a HUGE problem in the ubran gay community as a whole
(which spans to the black and latino community as well) there are not enough positive
black images in the main stream...


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QUOTE (J-Ronn @ Apr 29 2013, 05:53 PM)
i dont totally agree with that luch, tho i do feel that this is big news for blogs, but i think
about younger black men, who plays ball that doesnt really have any role models
who are "famous" or in the spotlight, who isnt some flaming fag prancing around in heels screaming hey ms girl...or some
over sexed porn star, or attention whore.

i think its great, a small step that could have a positive echo into the future...

if you ask me, which no one has maryluvs_giggle.gif ...but i think thats a HUGE problem in the ubran gay community as a whole
(which spans to the black and latino community as well) there are not enough positive
black images in the main stream...

Absolutely. I think the best way to curb stereotypes is to prove them wrong through action. Educate your peers with those actions and they will become more comfortable in looking for what's most important in people in general. I think most stereotypes come from a combination of fear and misunderstanding. We have to teach people how to think outside the box, and learn that being gay isn't a curse it's just part of the makeup of someone's personal preferences. We have to do better, in order to have better. maryluvs_thumbup.gif


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Posted: Apr 30 2013, 06:47 AM
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Chris is hoping his ass doesn't get fired now

"Today on OTL, as part of a larger, wide-ranging discussion on today's news, I offered my personal opinion as it relates to Christianity, a point of view that I have expressed publicly before. I realize that some people disagree with my opinion and I accept and respect that. As has been the case in the past, my beliefs have not and will not impact my ability to report on the NBA. I believe Jason Collins displayed bravery with his announcement today and I have no objection to him or anyone else playing in the NBA." - Chris Broussard




Here's the backstory: "Chris Broussard, ESPN Reporter, Calls Being Gay An 'Open Rebellion To God" http://www.huffingtonpost.com/blackberry/p.html?id=3180080
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