Jason Collins Plans To Retire, Says There Are Closeted Players In Every Sport

JasonCollinsIt has been 18 exhilarating months since I came out in Sports Illustrated as the first openly gay man in one of the four major professional team sports. And it has been nine months since I signed with the Nets and became the first openly gay male athlete to appear in a game in one of those leagues. It feels wonderful to have been part of these milestones for sports and for gay rights, and to have been embraced by the public, the coaches, the players, the league and history.

On Wednesday at the Barclays Center, I plan to announce my retirement as an NBA player. …

… There are still no publicly gay players in the NFL, NHL or major league baseball. Believe me: They exist. Every pro sport has them. I know some of them personally. When we get to the point where a gay pro athlete is no longer forced to live in fear that he’ll be shunned by teammates or outed by tabloids, when we get to the point where he plays while his significant other waits in the family room, when we get to the point where he’s not compelled to hide his true self and is able to live an authentic life, then coming out won’t be such a big deal. But we’re not there yet.”

— Jason Collins announcing his retirement in a column he wrote for Sports Illustrated

‘Coming Out Is A Gift That You Give Yourself.’ – Jason Collins

Jason Collins 04In accepting an award celebrating LGBT rights pioneers, Jason Collins, the NBA’s first openly gay player, called coming out “a gift that you give yourself.”

Former ‘Nsyncer Lance Bass and Jason Marsden of the Matthew Shepard Foundation introduced Collins.

“Thanks to each and every one of you for making one of the hardest decisions of my life the single most rewarding thing I have ever done,” Collins said.

“Now in one sense that may sound a little selfish but the simple fact is, at the end of the day, coming out is a gift that you give yourself. It’s the gift of shrugging off the burden of a secret. And when you don’t know exactly what the truth will bring, it’s the gift of standing a little bit taller on the court, or in the school, or in church – wherever – and knowing that no matter how everyone else is looking at you, they’re actually seeing you for who you truly are.” Continue reading

Some Celebrities Who Are Out And Proud

Check out the many celebs who are gay and don’t give a fuck who knows about it.

Ellen Page1 EllenPageJuno star Ellen Page gave quite a moving speech when she took the stage at the Human Rights Campaign’s inaugural gathering in Las Vegas last February. “I’m here today because I am gay,” she told the audience. “And because maybe I can make a difference, to help others have an easier and more hopeful time. Regardless, for me, I feel a personal obligation and a social responsibility. I am tired of hiding and I am tired of lying by omission.”

Frank Ocean2 FrankAfter a reporter questioned Grammy-winning rapper Frank Ocean about some of his song lyrics in July 2012, Ocean posted his thoughts on the subject on his website. He detailed the love he had for another man when he was 19: “I won’t forget you. I won’t forget the summer,” he wrote. “I’ll remember who I was when I met you.” Critics and fans applauded the announcement, but the rap community — not so much. Fellow rapper T-Pain shared in an interview seven months later that certain artists refuse to work with Ocean because they’re homophobic. Continue reading

Bisi Alimi Debuts On The World Pride Power List 2014

This year’s World Pride Power List – which celebrates influential lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people – includes Russian and African activists, trans politicians, and CEOs of global companies. And Nigeria’s very own Bisi Alimi. This is the gay activist’s first appearance on the list, and he debuts at Number 77. Here’s an excerpt of the list (originally published on The Guardian), the few recognizable names I decided to put up in today’s post.

12. Jane Lynch, actor

Lynch, who plays Sue Sylvester in the TV show Glee, received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame last year.

24. Jodie Foster, actorJodie FosterFoster won best actress at the Golden Globes in 2012 for Carnage and, the next year, won the Cecil B DeMille award for outstanding contribution to entertainment. She has since directed episodes in the Netflix series, Orange is the New Black.

28. Anderson Cooper, broadcast journalist

Cooper is a journalist, author, anchor of CNN news show Anderson Cooper 360° and Vanderbilt. Last year, he received the Vito Russo award from GLAAD for his significant work promoting equality for the LGBT community. Continue reading