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Boxer Orlando Cruz Wins 2nd Match Since Coming Out While Wearing Rainbow Kilt as Sign of Gay Pride


Professional boxer Orlando Cruz, who came out of the closet last October, last night won his second match since coming out against Aaron "The Bomber" Martinez in a 6th round TKO, and did so in a rainbow kilt, Blabbeando reports:

He dedicated the fight to a number of people including his trainers and he almost couldn't contain his emotions as he thanked his grandmother who passed away last year. He also thanked the LGBT community for their support. 

During the fight he wore a multicolor boxing kilt with Puerto Rican flags on both sides. One of the flags was red, white and blue, the other flag's stripes reflected the color of the rainbow as a sign of gay pride.

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  1. I wish we had communication into the past, to see how people of 1983 would react to this news from 2013.

    Posted by: Randy | Mar 16, 2013 4:08:29 PM

  2. OMG this is awesome!

    Posted by: Scotty | Mar 16, 2013 4:28:28 PM

  3. Now THIS is a hero for our community.

    Posted by: LRC | Mar 16, 2013 4:28:42 PM

  4. The amount of gay youth he is inspiring and helping is beyond what you can imagine. Thank you Mr. Cruz!

    Posted by: Scott Johansen | Mar 16, 2013 4:29:13 PM

  5. I was ignorant about the meaning of the rainbow flag (was raised in a homophobic surrounding) until I recently read a book and watched a documentary on LGBT history. profoundly moved by it now. The rainbow flag represents diversity, love, unity, acceptance and has soo much beautiful history behind it. It makes me proud to have that symbol.

    And what a brave man to use his platform to stand up for so many voiceless. Congrats on all his success!

    Posted by: Jose | Mar 16, 2013 4:31:24 PM

  6. This, this right here is the kind of thing that leads to change. Exposing society in various brackets that we are gay, and aren't ashamed of it, and have been through a great deal of prejudice to be where we are, and have been through a great journey to have self acceptance, and now that we are comfortable in our skin, we want to use our voice to foster a more accepting envrionment for the next generation. THAT is what creates profound, long lasting, prominent change folks.

    Posted by: 2 Dads | Mar 16, 2013 4:33:09 PM

  7. Why haven't gay rights groups used Cruz more often in campaigns or exposed him more considering how passionate he is about this issue, and how much pride he has to be part of our community? I've heard his quotes about LGBT youth and inspiring their lives and it's extremely powerful. This man could be an incredibly resourceful tool for us if he is used to his full advnatge. Much like Ayanbadejo. These are people who touch lives and minds.

    Posted by: Duration & Convexity | Mar 16, 2013 4:35:19 PM

  8. Dude, this is effing awesome in every sense of the word. Rock on Orlando Cruz! Rock on!

    Posted by: Ipec | Mar 16, 2013 4:36:10 PM

  9. Anyone know if he's on twitter or facebook? I want to thank him for this display and all he's done, but can't find the right venue to do so on social media.

    Posted by: Luke Morgan | Mar 16, 2013 4:36:52 PM

  10. I wa reading some article (ESPN?) a few months ago about the really positive effect his coming out has had not only in the boxing community, but latino community and among his fans. People expressing how they never knew a gay person before, but looked up to Cruz and knowing he's gay makes them rethink their prejudice toward gays. It was a really insightful article. Have to see where I saved it.

    Anyhow, love this man's convictions. Congratulations to his hard work and earned success.

    Posted by: USC Trojans Fan | Mar 16, 2013 4:39:59 PM

  11. Thanks, Andy, for linking up to my blog post.

    @Luke: Orlando tweets at:

    BTW. I have added video of the fight at my original post:

    Posted by: Blabbeando | Mar 16, 2013 4:44:53 PM

  12. Awesome man.

    Posted by: Mel Smith | Mar 16, 2013 8:39:37 PM

  13. @ Duration & Convexity: I'm pretty sure he shows up in Spanish-language media fairly frequently in that capacity.

    Posted by: Rich F. | Mar 16, 2013 9:11:40 PM

  14. Cool


    Posted by: Moz's | Mar 16, 2013 11:42:41 PM

  15. Just the fact that he's so comfortable in his sexuality, proud of his convictions, and a strong force in the gay community makes him so appealing. Thank you Orlando Cruz. It's thanks to unaplogetic gay men like yourself that our community has seen so much progress.

    Posted by: Sam | Mar 17, 2013 1:30:04 AM

  16. I love it. Cruz is capable of changing more minds for the better than 100 professional gay 'advocates'.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Mar 17, 2013 10:50:53 AM

  17. loving it all. rock ON!

    and maybe this will finally help others realize that the rainbow iconography isn't something to be afraid of. it's a beautiful symbol.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Mar 17, 2013 11:38:51 AM

  18. Good grief. Ratbastard can't post a positive remark without his de rigueur gay insults. It's like he suffers from Generalized Douchebaggery Disorder.

    Posted by: ripper | Mar 17, 2013 11:48:54 AM

  19. Congrats to him!

    Posted by: Reality | Mar 17, 2013 12:13:14 PM

  20. LOVE HIM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Posted by: steve | Mar 17, 2013 5:15:53 PM

  21. And ripper can't resist trolling.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Mar 17, 2013 7:19:29 PM

  22. What Mr Cruz has accomplished just to be able to step into the ring is worth way more than shilling for LGBT Groups. Visibility alone in Hispanic/Latin circles notwithstanding sports arenas, and this just the beginning.

    Posted by: DC Arnold | Mar 18, 2013 8:20:08 AM

  23. What's it like being beaten up by a f*ggot?

    Posted by: Andy | Mar 18, 2013 12:39:01 PM

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