Re: Jason Collins reveals he is gay
posted at 4/29/2013 4:22 PM EDT
God Bless Jason Collins.
For those who say "this is not news, it's no big deal" - yes, that should be the case, but unfortunately it is not. Just look at how some are responding here - its clearly a big deal.
For those who claim they "don't want to know what he does in the bedroom" - that is all good and well, but he is not telling you what he does in the bedroom (if you imagine specific things then that is on you). It's not revealing "tmi" or pushing an agenda, its being honest about who you are. Nobody should have to hide who they are - that is the point!
For those who equate homosexuality with adultery or other more loathsome sex-related acts - uhm, some innocent gets hurt by those other things you falsely equate with homosexuality. If somebody finds love, happiness as well as physical and/or emotional comfort with somebody of the same sex, who am I (or you) to try and deny them??
For those who quote the bible - if you have really read the bible, you would know only a few passages address homosexuality. I am always surprised at what people take away from the bible. Both the old testament and the new contain so much wisdom and all some people can focus on are these few passages. By the way, the bible also prohibits many sexual acts commonly practised by heterosexual couples, not to mention "onanism".
For those who say it is "not natural" - Uhm, what ever happens in nature is, by definition, natural. By your logic, anything non-procreational is "not natural".
For those who site statistics linking homosexuality to other self-destructive behaviors - did you ever consider that maybe, just maybe, some of those behaviors result from shame, guilt, self-hatred partially resulting from how gay people are percieved? I don't know about you, but I can't seem to control who is and isn't gay, but I can control how I treat them and think of them.
For those who say "he's trying to prolong his career" - Come on. Find me one GM who would prefer to introduce possible controversy and conflict in the locker room.
For those who draw distinctions between race and sexual orientation - I'm pretty sure Jason Collins didn't choose to be gay. Actually sounds like it cause a fair amount of anxiety. Not saying there aren't distinctions between race and sexuality, but to obtusely deny any parallels is disingenuous.
All the power to you JC - that took some guts...