Today Jason Collins of the NBA comes out as the 1st male athlete from a major sport to state that he’s openly gay. Big news I would agree, but some of my fellow athletes are taking this the wrong way. I understand that as a professional athlete we are supposed to be macho, tough, and love the ladies representing the epitome of everything “Manly”! But this is 2013 and for anyone who has taken time to pay attention, times have definitely changed. I know I know the 1st thing that you HOLIER THAN THOU Bible thumpers will point out is that “The Bible” says, “Being homosexual is a sin, and that marriage is between a man and a woman”. I grew up in the church and I totally get all of the Adam & Eve stuff but at the same time I feel that people are allowed to feel how they want to feel, love who they want to love, and marry who they choose to marry! Why is it that your employer will allow individuals to carry a “Domestic Partner” on their insurance? Or that Members of Congress are changing their stance in support of Gay/Lesbian rights because someone in their family has come out as being Gay or Lesbian?
Many of the top athletes currently playing have come out in support of Jason Collins. I know the support is because many fear the public backlash and loss of endorsement opportunities as the Gay & Lesbian community possess over $800 billion in annual spending power. So of course the top athletes who have not spoken will openly support this or stay mute on the subject. I applaud Jason for coming out especially since he is still an active player, and I’m sure there will be backlash from players on and off the court as expected. Then again I’m sure his endorsements (That will grow into the Lebron James category) will help him keep his cool when he’s taunted by opposing players. THOUGHTS?