Jason Collins, NBA player, has come out of the closet and announced to the world that he is gay. My first reaction was yeah so. It is not like people were under the impression that there has never been a gay athlete before. It really isn't like he is even the first to "come out". Martina Navratilova has been out of the closet for years and years, although she was outed by Billie Jean King who is also gay. The sport of Ice Skating has many openly gay men. The Olympic diver Greg Louganis has written a book about his life, including being in a gay abusive relationship and having the AIDS virus. So why exactly this is such a big deal is beyond me.
The oddest thing about all of this to me is that I am a HUGE NBA fan and I don't know this guy from a hole in the wall. The NBA playoffs are still in the first round at the moment (Go Knicks!!!!) so this was the talk during the pre, post, and half time shows. It seems that most players are coming out as supportive. But I wouldn't expect anything else. What other choice do they have?
If they come out publicly against it they will be labeled a hater and a homophobe. You see having views that homosexuality is wrong is bad. It is intolerant. You are a bigot. You are a hater. But I am sorry, there is no one in the world that can convince me that a person who may be uncomfortable in a dressing room where you are showering and dressing together makes you a homophobe. No one would say a word if there were of opposite sexes. That would be considered perfectly fine. Why exactly are women and men uncomfortable showering and getting naked in front of each other in that type of setting? SEX, that is why. We cannot deny human sexuality and attraction exists simply so we can be open-minded and tolerant about homosexuality. I would not be comfortable being in that type of environment in front of an openly gay woman any more than I would be in front of a man. There is nothing wrong with that.
But no NBA player will be able to say this openly. Not if they know what is good for them.
Ah yes, it is all about the tolerance. Just ask Tim Tebow. Openly Christian NFL Player.