Monday, April 29, 2013
Jason Collins - First Major "Out" Athlete
On the subject of the LGBT community and sports, today was a very exciting day. Jason Collins, an NBA player, officially came out in a column published in Sports Illustrated (link below). While not a marquee name to those who don't closely follow professional basketball, Collins coming out is a major development nonetheless. He is the first significant athlete of a major sport (football, basketball, baseball) to come out. From what I have read, reactions have been almost wholly positive. One ESPN analyst (Chris Broussard, link below) criticized Collins, but on the whole the announcement has been supported by the sports punditry. We'll see if this is the first in a series of athletes to come out - if so, the visibility for the LGBT community could be highly positive.