With those courageous words, longtime NBA player Jason Collins made history Monday by coming out as the first openly gay athlete in major professional sports.
The “It Gets Better” project is a grand achievement, and the abundant and various non-famous voices on the website offer much needed empathy and recognition. But we might consider how unhelpfully easy the lucky, privileged, "normal" few can make hope sound.
Ahead of the 47th Super Bowl on Sunday, a jock has capitalized on his moment in the spotlight to continue his campaign of support for gay rights. Ahead of the 47th Super Bowl on Sunday, a jock has capitalized on his moment in the spotlight to continue his campaign of support for gay rights.
As if the anti-gay remarks by San Francisco 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver weren't enough to send the team's management into a tizzy, two of its other players are adding to the controversy by denying that they were in a video produced to combat bullying experienced by LGBT teens.
Brendon Ayanbadejo has been an outspoken proponent of the cause, and for LGBT rights in general, since he became one of the first athletes from a major professional sport to publicly announce his support for same-sex marriage in 2009.