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Watch: Phoenix Suns President Rick Welts Talks About Coming Out


Phoenix Suns President talks to Eliot Spitzer about the support he has received since coming out publicly in the New York Times over the weekend.

Spitzer asks Welts if he can name other gay men in the sports world.

"No. Because in the four years that I have been in sports, no one has ever asked me, and I have never asked anyone."

Watch their interview, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Elliot got it right when he said things don't change because of PSAs, they change because gay people are out, they make it ordinary to be out.

    Posted by: Bill | May 19, 2011 3:06:46 PM

  2. This is truly the "final frontier": we have tackled the Military... and almost everything else... this is the final hurdle!

    Posted by: james Brown | May 19, 2011 10:24:10 PM

  3. I'm very glad Welts is taking this bold step. Every coming-out has exponential positive effects on others' decisions to also come out an/or be more open-minded.

    There were a few odd moments in the interview. "Can you name any gay sports figures?" / "No."

    If asked the same question, I would have started naming various gay sports figures from past and present like John Amaechi, David Kopay, Brendan Burke, Martina Navratilova, Billy Bean, Esera Tuaolo.... I'm typing these off the top of my head and there are many others. He could have stressed the fact that typically they won't come out till they're retired, and that we can see from the list of names that they were there all along.
    To just say "no" suggests he doesn't read much on the subject or suggests (inaccurately) that maybe there just never has been anyone gay in sports.

    I thought it was odd for the host to ask about the reaction to a straight guy's (Magic Johnson's) HIV status without any relevant tie-in to the subject at hand.

    The last question ("Your views on same-sex marriage: for or against it?") struck me as something whose answer should be self-evident. It would be like asking Jackie Robinson: "Black people being allowed to vote: Are you for or against?"

    Posted by: GregV | May 19, 2011 11:01:34 PM

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