WHEN IT COMES TO SEXUALITY AND GENDER
THESE DAYS LOOK FOR THE POLITICS
What a truly momentous occasion when Diane Sawyer announced breathlessly that Washington Wizards center Jason Collins has — wait for it — come out.
A world-shattering revelation: “I’m a 34-year-old NBA center. I’m black. And I’m gay.”
Such a “huge weight has been lifted” from his shoulders, Collins told ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos. He had already “been out to my family and my friends, but just to, you know, sort of rip the Band-Aid off and come out on my own terms.”
Ah, if only he’d done it years ago. If only other secretly gay athletes would stand beside him in the healing, invigorating sunlight of truth.
“I hope that every player makes a decision that leads to their own happiness…. I know that I, right now, am the happiest that I’ve ever been in my life.”
Let us set aside, for the time being, all moral, social and public-health aspects of homosexuality as we ponder Jason Collins’ confession, first reported in Sports Illustrated.
“He was living a life of misery watching his twin brother and close friends start their own families. Collins knew he was unhappy and not living ‘an honest, genuine life.’”
Indeed, he had endured “sleepless nights and years of silence” as he bore his secret alone.
But what’s next? Is he sure his status as an NBA veteran and his camaraderie with other players won’t be compromised? [Read more…] about Isn’t that Special!