On Jason Collins Bravery: Being Openly Gay is Tough; Openly Gay and Black is Worse Still

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Mar. 20, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA: Washington Wizards center Jason Collins against the Phoenix Suns at the US Airways Center. The Wizards defeated the Suns 88-79. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Homosexuals have been advocating for rights for the last decade, and progress is being made. People are not hesitating to use the equality logo as their Facebook profile picture, post memes and inspirational pictures about how wrong it is to prevent gays from joining in married union, and so on and on.

It’s all very positive.

But amidst all the rallying and the positivity are some disturbing underlying truths we’ve come to observe in Western society. Athletes are not supposed to be gay, people will say. And African-Americans, as a group, overwhelmingly frown on homosexuality.

So, what would cause a black NBA player to make this statement?

“… PRO BASKETBALL is a family. And pretty much every family I know has a brother, sister or cousin who’s gay. In the brotherhood of the NBA, I just happen to be the one who’s out.” Full Story here.

The man behind those words is 34-year-old center Jason Collins. Collins has been a serviceable journeyman for over a decade in the NBA, and up until this Sports Illustrated story, no one knew he was gay. While John Amaechi had come out following his retirement, Collins is the first to admit to being gay while still actively playing.

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