Women have a hard enough time finding a man to commit to them. Men please, be sure that you are straight before some woman falls deeply in love with you. YOU KNOW THAT ALL OF YOU GAY MEN ARE SUCCESSFUL AND GORGEOUS! Give us a break and stop playing. Figure it out before you hook us. Shhhh, black women are always talking about how women of other races are taking all of the good black men. Not really, the gay men are. LOL
But on a more serious note, 12 Year Veteran N.B.A. player Jason Collins made history when he recently came out in Sports Illustrated. Jason Collins is the first active player in a major U.S. team sport to profess that he is gay.
In a story that will appear in the May 6, 2013 SI issue, Collins says, 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 I am happy to start the conversation."
What's the reason that the ex Boston Celtic and ex Washington Wizard chose this time to publicly discuss his sexuality? He says that during the 2011 NBA player lockout, he slowed down long enough to come to terms with who he is and what he wants. Good for him.
He first came out to his aunt, who is a Judge in San Francisco. Being that she shared a special bond with her nephew, his aunt told him that she already knew, and that he will always have her support. From that moment the pro athlete and current free agent says that he was comfortable in his own skin. Collins also said that the Boston Marathon bombing reinforced the fact that he shouldn't wait for the perfect time to be true to himself. I agree. Life is too short.
Jason Collins says that he has received much support and well wishes from people around the country. Nine Time Wimbledon Singles Champion, 56 year old Martina Navratilova said that Collins coming out is a "game-changer." Jason says that Martina who came out in the early 80's paved the way for him. Laker All Star Kobe Bryant tweeted "Don't suffocate who u r because of the ignorance of others." And President Obama phoned Collins to say that he was proud of him for being so courageous.
But not everyone is happy about the N.B.A. player's decision. Chicago Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich said that the Collins story is a big distraction. And ESPN's Chris Broussard said "I'm a Christian, I don't agree with homosexuality. I think it's a sin."
N.B.A. Hall Of Famer Charles Barkley said that it's naive for players in the N.B.A. to believe that they have never played with anyone that is gay. Charles said that he has supported gay rights for a long time and that whatever people do in their lives is their business. Charles also said that people who don't agree with the gay lifestyle should be able to voice their opinion without any backlash.
I totally agree with Charles Barkley. I don't think that anyone has the right to pass judgement on anyone because of their sexuality. I too am a Christian and I believe that GOD loves us all regardless of our race, creed or sexuality!
However, I think that it is a bit unrealistic for the gay community to believe that everyone is going to agree with their lifestyle. With that being said, my gay friends, if you ask someone's opinion about something, you have to be prepared that you might not like their answer.
I do believe that a person should keep their opinions to themselves, unless they are asked for it. I also believe that because you don't agree with someone's lifestyle, that doesn't give you the right to not accept it or protest against it.
I don't agree that people should eat anything other than fish and chicken breasts, but that doesn't mean I cannot love, befriend or interact with people who eat red meat or pork. I may have oversimplified it just a bit, but I hope you get the point.
What I'm trying to say is that everyone should just calm down.We are all different.We have all been raised differently. Some of our values and belief systems may not be the same as others.
Not everyone believes that someone is born gay. Everything that they have been taught tells them that being gay is a choice. Whether good or bad, the ideals that have shaped each of us are not going to change overnight.
That doesn't mean that we shouldn't be willing to get to know or at least learn about those who are different from us. I firmly believe that if you constantly condemn someone for being different from yourself, that makes you a bigot.
In my opinion, if we can't approach each other with love, we should at the very least approach each other with tolerance. Hopefully, that tolerance will be the beginning of something more substantive.
1 John 4:7 - Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God , and knows God.
Why I chose to include that scripture. For all of the young people who are confused about who you are. For those kids who believe that the world doesn't understand or accept you because you are different. You should always remember that No matter what anyone says to you, GOD LOVES YOU UNCONDITIONALLY! It is so important for you to bask in god's love. Things will get better. Read more at www.sport illustrated.cnn.com