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NBA’s Jason Collins becomes first out gay male athlete in U.S. pro sports

Jason CollinsJason Collins of the Washington Wizards comes out in the May 6 issue of Sports Illustrated, becoming the first gay athlete in major U.S. men's professional sports to come out during his career.

"I'm a 34-year-old NBA center. I'm black. And I'm gay," Collins writes in the first-person essay, which is online now.

 "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. I wish I wasn't the kid in the classroom raising his hand and saying, 'I'm different.' If I had my way, someone else would have already done this," he writes. "Nobody has, which is why I'm raising my hand."

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Guest editorial: Basketball and bi-phobia

To some in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer communities, Sheryl Swoopes is a “lie-sexual.”

Swoopes — the three-time Olympic gold medalist and three-time MVP of the Women’s National Basketball Association — is just another sister-girl on the “down low” announcing the incredulous news that she’s now engaged to marry a man.

To incurable homophobes, especially of the fundamentalist Christian variety who pedal their rhetoric that homosexuality is curable with reparative theories, Swoopes is the prodigal daughter who has finally found her way away from homosexuality and home to Jesus.

To many of my heterosexual African -merican brothers, Chris Unclesho, the man Swoopes is engaged to marry, is the man! A bona fide “dyke whisperer” who has turned Swoopes out to the sexual joys of what it is to be with a man.