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Messages of support have been pouring in for pro basketball player Jason Collins, who wrote in the new issue of Sports Illustrated, “I’m a 34-year-old NBA center. I’m black. And I’m gay.” That declaration makes him the first openly gay male athlete playing on an American major league sports team. We talk about what impact Collins’ announcement may have on sports at all levels.

Guests:
Patrick Burke, co-founder of You Can Play, an LGBT sports advocacy nonprofit that works with pro sports teams to welcome gay players and fans, and a scout for the Philadelphia Flyers
Franz Lidz, senior writer for Sports Illustrated who co-wrote Collins' coming out piece

  • Beth Grant DeRoos

    Seems lesbians in women’s basketball or women’s tennis are more accepted in sports then gay me are in most sports. Why? Are there male sports that may be more receptive to gay men?

    • thucy

      Beth, I think it’s that lesbians face less discrimination than gay men, overall. I’m impressed Collins had the courage to come out. Really heroic, given the industry and culture he grew up around.

      BTW, the guest Franz Lidz’ slender book “Ghosty Men”, dealing with the misunderstood Collier Brothers, is just great.

    • Carter

      Men’s basketball remains dominated by black men but there’s a taboo in the black community against men being gay because that’s perceived as weakness. The taboo is encouraged both by black men and women–so the bigotry is universal. In addition the community is infected by a de facto racism- and homophobia-supporting form of Christianity (it is not one that Jesus would recognize) that justifies racism and homophobia as social conservatives always do–by claiming self-defense. The result is that black men do require some courage to come out — if they plan to remain ensconced in the black community but this frankly is not necessary.

  • Brian

    10% of the human population is gay. That means there’s always 1 gay guy on the court on average. It’s time to get over it.

  • Rusanoff

    This topic is stupid.

    Collage football players need to be paid and receive healthcare.

    Following sports is stupid

    ALSO IF YOU PEOPLE LIKE TO WATCH OTHER PEOPLE PLAY SPORTS GET OF YOUR FAT BUTT AND DO SOMETHING!

    • Chris OConnell

      Thanks for your profound and helpful comments.

      • Rusanoff

        It’s a talent. You would not believe how fun I am at parties.

        AND! Your welcome.

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