Tuesday, April 30, 2013

US basketball player Jason Collins has come out as gay, the first active male athlete in a major American professional team sport to do so. He declared his sexuality in an article for Sports Illustrated, announcing: "I'm a 34-year-old NBA centre. I'm black. And I'm gay."

President Barack Obama, NBA star Kobe Bryant and Sportswear Company Nike were among those expressing public support. On Monday, Mr Obama called Collins to tell him he was impressed with his courage and offer his support, the White House said.

Read the full statement here - it is very moving and so bravely honest. Every best wish for the future.

Honesty is Inspirational
The proud and the beautiful man arises within the dawn
Fairer now than sunshine streaming through the May dew
Holding the sweet blossom of courage and honour in his words
Only small hate from passing night casts disquieting shadow
Soon gone, momentary dying flickers in a new day’s hearth
So step out into the new date; at last as you were made
And for its goodness be at peace inside an inspirational act
For it is done now and its timing and grace are most welcome

Important to mention at this point all the women who have done the same thing and yet never seem to have got the same publicity.