The Internet’s amazing.
This is 2013, not 1963, right? You gotta wonder when you see headlines like the one above.
Absolutely Southern France For the lottery winners among you.
Jason Collins: “I’m a 34-year-old NBA center. I’m black. And I’m gay.“
Wait. He’s black? Good thing he pointed that out. Oh, but I kid, this is very very cool.
Here is the Los Angeles Times email alert:
Washington Wizards center Jason Collins has become the first male athlete still active in a major professional sport to come out as gay. Collins, 34, made his announcement to Sports Illustrated.
“I didn’t set out to be the first openly gay athlete playing in a major American team sport,” Collins said. “But since I am, I’m happy to start the conversation.”
Collins says he decided to talk about his sexuality now because “it takes an enormous amount of energy to guard such a big secret.”
What a shame that this is even news. Nevertheless, as V.P Biden would say, it is a big f’ing deal.
Did you miss me? Well, I’m technically still on ‘vacation”, but well enough to hospital blog. Via.
This president sure is full of firsts.
Out of the five people selected to read an original poem at a presidential inauguration, the 44-year-old Blanco will be the first Latino, first gay man, and youngest person to serve the role. The presidential inaugural committee officially announced the choice of Blanco, the son of Cuban exiles, on Wednesday.
“Even though it’s been a few weeks since I found out, just thinking about my parents and my grandparents and all the struggles they’ve been through, and how, you know, here I am, first-generation Cuban-American, and this great honor that has just come to me, and just feeling that sense of just incredible gratitude and love,” he said in an interview with NPR.
Renowned poets such as Robert Frost and Maya Angelou has previously served the role. In the next 11 days, Blanco will write an original poem and recite it at the public inauguration ceremony on Monday, Jan. 21.
“It is an honor to have Richard Blanco in our second inauguration,” Obama said in a statement. “His contributions to the fields of poetry and art have paved the way for future generations of writers. Richard’s work is well-suited for an opening that will celebrate the strength and diversity of our great country.”
I am so thrilled that it’s like this, just meh, “I’ve got blue eyes.” Andrew has the whole thing (must read), but I like this alot.
Recently, however, I’ve begun to consider whether the unintended outcomes of maintaining my privacy outweigh personal and professional principle. It’s become clear to me that by remaining silent on certain aspects of my personal life for so long, I have given some the mistaken impression that I am trying to hide something – something that makes me uncomfortable, ashamed or even afraid. This is distressing because it is simply not true.
I’ve also been reminded recently that while as a society we are moving toward greater inclusion and equality for all people, the tide of history only advances when people make themselves fully visible. There continue to be far too many incidences of bullying of young people, as well as discrimination and violence against people of all ages, based on their sexual orientation, and I believe there is value in making clear where I stand.
The fact is, I’m gay, always have been, always will be, and I couldn’t be any more happy, comfortable with myself, and proud.
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