In what is likely to come as an absolute shock to millions of men throughout the country who spend all of their free time marveling over the bodies of rippling, muscled specimens and idealizing the power of the male form, there has never been an active player in one of the major professional sports to come out of the closet. Not until today. NBA veteran Jason Collins, now a free-agent, if you know what I mean (he’s not currently signed to any team), has announced that he is gay in Sports Illustrated:
I’m a 34-year-old NBA center. I’m black. And I’m gay.
I didn’t set out to be the first openly gay athlete playing in a major American team sport. But since I am, I’m happy to start the conversation. I wish I wasn’t the kid in the classroom raising his hand and saying, “I’m different.” If I had my way, someone else would have already done this. Nobody has, which is why I’m raising my hand.
If this major turning point in the visibility of a minority group goes anything like the election of our first black president, homophobia should be cleared up and solved by around this time tomorrow morning. Good job everyone.