by liberal japonicus
Didn't post an open thread, as I thought Ugh and Dr. Science had things covered. But NBA center Jason Collins piece in SI seems to be something that you should read if you haven't and you might want to talk about if you have.
Some people insist they've never met a gay person. But Three Degrees of Jason Collins dictates that no NBA player can claim that anymore. Pro basketball is a family. And pretty much every family I know has a brother, sister or cousin who's gay. In the brotherhood of the NBA, I just happen to be the one who's out.
There's been talk that a group of gay NFL players were going to make a group announcement, so I wonder if Collins individual announcement may hasten that or perhaps forestall it.
There is the old joke that a pioneer is the person you find on the trail full of arrows. Cause whoever goes first is basically asking for trouble. Still, it is hard to imagine a better candidate for this than Jason Collins. He's friends with the politically powerful (Chelsea Clinton, Joe Kennedy), he's had a decent NBA career so is not in a precarious position, he's got a twin brother who also is an NBA player.