This week NBA player Jason Collins publicly came out of the closet and in doing so became the first openly gay player in the league. More than that, it is being said that he is the first male to be actively playing a major North American team sport to announce that he is gay.
What is most shocking to me is that he is the first. That can't be right can it? And if he truly is the first that makes me so sad. He's a brave man who deserves our respect.
But here's the kicker: we should all be pissed off that he is considered brave for coming out. For doing what so many of us have done and continue to do on a daily basis. It shouldn't require bravery to be open about who you love. But when you're an NBA player, apparently, it does.
It does because after someone like Collins finds the courage to come out an asshole like Chris Broussard, a writer for ESPN Magazine, gets airtime to say shit like this. In case you don't speak homophobese I'll translate for you:
I think that being gay means you'll probably end up in Hell. Because the bible told me so. I know, I know, you're going to say "judge not lest ye be judged" but it's not like that. I mean, we've had LUNCH together. LUNCH y'all?! Let me be clear about this: I ate food next to this homosexual. So I'm not judging. Really. And while we're on the topic of judging. I'm totally sick and tired of having my homophobic, ignorant, word-vomit be construed as bigoted. It's like reverse discrimination or something. We're the true oppressed minorities. We're here. We're anti-queer. Get used to it. I mean I tolerate his disgusting existence so the least he can do in return is tolerate the fact that I think he's disgusting. It's about give and take. Here's the truth: living an openly homosexual lifestyle means that you hate God. And it's not just gay people either. Pre-marital sex-ers, adulterers, they are all going to Hell unless they repent. Basically if you do anything the bible says not to do you should be prepared for a warm afterlife. And BTW I don't shave my face. My goatee just totally grows like this on it's own. Weird right? And this suit I'm wearing? It is absolutely not a linen-wool blend. So there.
Or you can watch it in it's original homophobese below. And when you are done feel free to sign this petition and tell ESPN to stand up for people like Jason Collins and the rest of us less-athletic queers.