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.
We’ll know we’ve made progress when an athlete announces they're gay and the public reaction is a collective yawn. Judging by the media feeding frenzy generated by Jason Collins’ coming out, we’re clearly not there yet. The good news is that we’re a whole lot closer than we were just a few short years ago. Except for a few knuckleheads like ESPN’s Chris Broussard, the sports world- and society in general- appears willing and able to accept a gay athlete.
What we have here, ladies and gentlemen, is a teachable moment.
We should admire Collins- just as we should also admire Brittney Griner, who came out as a lesbian a few weeks ago. You might not have been aware of Griner’s coming out, because it didn’t spark the mediagasm Collins’ announcement ignited...