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Old 04-29-2013, 10:44 AM   #1
 
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NBA veteran Jason Collins becomes first male pro athlete to come out as gay - NBA News | FOX Sports on MSN

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Good for him....
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Very courageous, given the testosterone-infused nature of male sports.The crucial issue is how other players react, and in that regard, Kobe's public statement of support is incredibly important.

I wonder how his decision to reveal his homosexuality will affect his prospects for next season. Will an NBA team be reticent to sign him, given his "baggage"?

I wish Jason the best of luck
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FIRST pro athlete? Really???

I had no idea until the Manti T'eo business that this was such a big deal.

Kudos to Jason. I hope he inspires others and makes sports a safer place for LGBT kids.
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I think that shocked me more then anything!

Good for him and I hope this means others will feel comfortable enough to come out.
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FIRST pro athlete? Really???

I had no idea until the Manti T'eo business that this was such a big deal.

Kudos to Jason. I hope he inspires others and makes sports a safer place for LGBT kids.
I think he's the first athlete to come out while still playing. Retired athletes have come out though.
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FIRST pro athlete? Really???
I think that shocked me more then anything!

Good for him and I hope this means others will feel comfortable enough to come out.
I'm assuming Canadian males are different? It's a big deal here.
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FIRST pro athlete? Really???

I had no idea until the Manti T'eo business that this was such a big deal.

Kudos to Jason. I hope he inspires others and makes sports a safer place for LGBT kids.
I think he's the first athlete to come out while still playing. Retired athletes have come out though.
Correction: no male athlete has come out while still playing. Several female athletes (I think the first was WNBA star Sheryl Swoopes) have come out, but there isn't the same stigma. Just a couple of weeks ago, basketball player Brittney Griner mentioned that she is lesbian in an interview with Sports Illustrated, which didn't stop Nike from giving her a big endorsement deal.
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I had no idea until the Manti T'eo business that this was such a big deal.

Kudos to Jason. I hope he inspires others and makes sports a safer place for LGBT kids.
I think he's the first athlete to come out while still playing. Retired athletes have come out though.
Correction: no male athlete has come out while still playing. Several female athletes (I think the first was WNBA star Sheryl Swoopes) have come out, but there isn't the same stigma. Just a couple of weeks ago, basketball player Brittney Griner mentioned that she is lesbian in an interview with Sports Illustrated, which didn't stop Nike from giving her a big endorsement deal.
Yep I had a male coworkers tell me how it's different with guys and he wouldn't feel comfortable playing and being in a locker room with a gay athlete. Another one agreed and I'm not surprised.
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Correction: no male athlete has come out while still playing. Several female athletes (I think the first was WNBA star Sheryl Swoopes) have come out, but there isn't the same stigma. Just a couple of weeks ago, basketball player Brittney Griner mentioned that she is lesbian in an interview with Sports Illustrated, which didn't stop Nike from giving her a big endorsement deal.
Yep I had a male coworkers tell me how it's different with guys and he wouldn't feel comfortable playing and being in a locker room with a gay athlete. Another one agreed and I'm not surprised.
They really need to get over themselves. The automatic assumption is that a gay guy is going to be attracted to you? Perhaps their fear comes from not being secure about their own sexuality.
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@Yossarian Ahhh, I see.^^
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Correction: no male athlete has come out while still playing. Several female athletes (I think the first was WNBA star Sheryl Swoopes) have come out, but there isn't the same stigma. Just a couple of weeks ago, basketball player Brittney Griner mentioned that she is lesbian in an interview with Sports Illustrated, which didn't stop Nike from giving her a big endorsement deal.
Yep I had a male coworkers tell me how it's different with guys and he wouldn't feel comfortable playing and being in a locker room with a gay athlete. Another one agreed and I'm not surprised.
They really need to get over themselves. The automatic assumption is that a gay guy is going to be attracted to you? Perhaps their fear comes from not being secure about their own sexuality.
Is that the reason? Maybe. But I don't necessarily think so. Similar topics have been discussed on the board before. For example, having coed locker rooms or having someone who's MTF (in transition). I wouldn't be comfortable having a man in a locker room with me, not because I think he'd be attracted to me. It's not a rational concern but I'd still feel uncomfortable.
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Yep I had a male coworkers tell me how it's different with guys and he wouldn't feel comfortable playing and being in a locker room with a gay athlete. Another one agreed and I'm not surprised.
They really need to get over themselves. The automatic assumption is that a gay guy is going to be attracted to you? Perhaps their fear comes from not being secure about their own sexuality.
Is that the reason? Maybe. But I don't necessarily think so. Similar topics have been discussed on the board before. For example, having coed locker rooms or having someone who's MTF (in transition). I wouldn't be comfortable having a man in a locker room with me, not because I think he'd be attracted to me. It's not a rational concern but I'd still feel uncomfortable.
Not the same IMO. Gender change versus sexuality. A person changing their gender doesn't usually change who they are attracted to.
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They really need to get over themselves. The automatic assumption is that a gay guy is going to be attracted to you? Perhaps their fear comes from not being secure about their own sexuality.
Is that the reason? Maybe. But I don't necessarily think so. Similar topics have been discussed on the board before. For example, having coed locker rooms or having someone who's MTF (in transition). I wouldn't be comfortable having a man in a locker room with me, not because I think he'd be attracted to me. It's not a rational concern but I'd still feel uncomfortable.
Not the same IMO. Gender change versus sexuality. A person changing their gender doesn't usually change who they are attracted to.
Coed locker rooms would be similar though.
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Is that the reason? Maybe. But I don't necessarily think so. Similar topics have been discussed on the board before. For example, having coed locker rooms or having someone who's MTF (in transition). I wouldn't be comfortable having a man in a locker room with me, not because I think he'd be attracted to me. It's not a rational concern but I'd still feel uncomfortable.
Not the same IMO. Gender change versus sexuality. A person changing their gender doesn't usually change who they are attracted to.
Coed locker rooms would be similar though.
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I dunno that I find it the same as a coed gym at all.

This is a team. A group of people that depend on each other and are closer than what I would find in a gym.

While I would feel uncomfortable with a random group of men and women, if I was part of a team and looked at them as such, I wouldn't be uncomfortable.

In high school, I dressed very quickly in p.e. In colorguard, we walked around practically nekkid because we were a team and felt comfortable around each other.
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That's great. Good for him!

There's been talk for a month or so about a small group of NFL players that is ready to come out very soon. Nike has already said the first "major" professional athlete to come out will be offered a multi-million dollar endorsement deal. There were other companies that said they look forward to working with gay athletes. By major, they meant starting player. To be honest with you, I'm not sure if Jason Collins qualifies or not. I've been boycotting the NBA since our Sonics were taken from us.
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Also, I'm completely touched by the fact that he has been playing the No. 98 jersey in support of Matthew Shepard and the Trevor Project.
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I think that shocked me more then anything!

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I don't think this would be a big deal to the average Canadian male, especially in the 18-40 year old range. But maybe I'm wrong.
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