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Hudson Taylor, William Rhoden, and Dan Savage Join Chris Hayes to Discuss Jason Collins, Gay Athletes: VIDEO

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Athlete Ally's Hudson Taylor, New York Times reporter William Rhoden, and Dan Savage joined Chris Hayes last night to talk about what the reaction will be from the NBA owners and players to Jason Collins' coming out.

Said Savage:

"What this debate comes down to ultimately is not who gay people are and where gay people are. We are who we are and we are everywhere. If there's no openly gay people in whatever environment you're in or whatever environment you're talking about that doesn't mean there are no gay people. There's no openly gay people. I think ultimately what this comes down to is who straight people are. This isn't about whether Jason Collins or other athletes who happen to be gay are pansies. It's about whether heterosexual men and heterosexual athletes in locker rooms are pansies. If they're afraid of gay men, if they're jumping up on chairs and shrieking and too afraid to shower in the same conditions that marines, and sailors, and airmen shower in...Are straight people better than they've been built? Are straight people less bigoted than they've convinced themselves they are? I think they are less bigoted as we saw in the military after the 'DADT' repeal and a lot of LGBT soldiers came out and it was a non-issue and they were accepted."

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. They really shouldn't have Dan Savage talk about this he hates black people.

    Posted by: James | Apr 30, 2013 7:48:39 AM


  2. WTF James?

    Posted by: Cal | Apr 30, 2013 8:31:54 AM


  3. Cal, pay no mind. We just have our first troll of the day, which is really nothing special on Towleroad.

    Posted by: RyanInWyo | Apr 30, 2013 8:36:29 AM


  4. Would it kill Dan Savage to skip the hoodies and dress for the occasion? I love that the guy is influential and his opinion is sought after but he could stand to look a bit more "professional".
    I am surprised he didn't show up for his wedding wearing a hoodie.

    Posted by: Mercedes | Apr 30, 2013 8:42:21 AM


  5. Stop hating a fellow LGBT y'all. Get over your own issues with being gay and maybe you'll learn to accept and embrace other gays.

    Posted by: Jordan | Apr 30, 2013 8:53:40 AM


  6. The Dan Savage haters are just getting tired now. You had your time in the sun with your sassy lame slams....get over it. It's tired now.

    Thank you Dan for being unwavering in your quest to stand up for all of us in the community and lend your voice.

    Posted by: IonMusic | Apr 30, 2013 8:54:50 AM


  7. I love Dan. I wish I were HALF as articulate as he is.

    Posted by: Marcus | Apr 30, 2013 8:55:08 AM


  8. It's a clean hoodie. That's white tie for Seattle.

    Posted by: melvin | Apr 30, 2013 9:14:20 AM


  9. It's all about money...and Nike is offering a big fat contract to the first male player to come out....no surprise that it "gay for pay".....

    Posted by: Alan Brickman | Apr 30, 2013 9:23:23 AM


  10. It's no surprise that Alan Brickman is another alias of Rick/Jason/Ratbastard/David Hearne. These anonymous trolls are the worst.

    Posted by: MateoM | Apr 30, 2013 9:50:01 AM


  11. I think Andy should rename this site, "Trollroad."

    Posted by: RyanInWyo | Apr 30, 2013 9:59:44 AM


  12. And Dan is exactly right: the problem isn't the same-sex parent households, but Antonin Scalia.

    Posted by: Joe the Cynic | Apr 30, 2013 11:08:47 AM


  13. Mercedes, I'm glad Dan (and others) are changing the idea of "professional" dress, which really amounts to prejudice. We waste far too much money on looks, and not enough is spent on actually getting things done.

    Posted by: Randy | Apr 30, 2013 4:53:22 PM


  14. So many good points in this interview.

    Chris Hayes is getting better all the time but needs to slow down just a bit.

    Love Hudson Taylor. Thanks for Athlete Ally.

    Bill Rudin ...'it's 2013 and this is an issue?'
    Saw a picture of the first NYC gay Pride parade with a young guy holding a sign that read 'It's 1971 and we're still dealing with this sh*t!'

    Dan Savage ... love him to bits.
    'We are everywhere.'
    'Straight people are better than this.'

    Jason Collins ... 'Got 6 hard fouls to give'
    Little tongue-in-cheek humour?

    Posted by: JONES | Apr 30, 2013 9:02:07 PM


  15. Wait Dan Savage is talking about Jason Collins? Since when could Dan Savage see black people? I thought they were all distant, invisible homophobes to him.

    Posted by: BrandonJD | May 2, 2013 12:01:55 AM


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