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Towleroad Talking Points: Day 2 of Jason Collins' Coming Out

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BY SAM GREISMAN

A look back at today's top stories

JASON COLLINS

Jason Collins' decision to become the first openly gay active male player in professional sports continues to dominate the news cycle and Collins gave his first television interview since the announcement as to "Good Morning America". He discussed how he feels about all the attention and his special tribute to Matthew Shepard. Support continues to pour in from all corners; openly gay footballer Robbie Rogers says that he is proud of Collins, Ellen wants to hug as much of the big man as she can and even Lance Bass had some helpful advice for Jason. President Obama also made public remarks in support of the historic announcement

Ari Waldman takes a look at the importance of "identity" as it relates to the intersection of sports and homosexuality. Possibly taking a cue from Collins, other athletes are stepping up their public support of the LGBT community as American tennis stars Andy Roddick and Mardy Fish have announced that they have joined the anti-homphobia group Athlete Ally. And Stephen Colbert concedes that there may be gays in basketball, just as long as they stay away from figure skating!

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ENTERTAINMENT

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The nominations for the 2013 Tony Awards were announced today and Kinky Boots and Matilda were the big winners. There is good news on the way if you can't get enough of RuPaul's Drag Raceit is about to be available in video game form! Willie Nelson is looking to be the first stoned version of Gandalf and the Pet Shop Boys have dropped the first track off of their new album

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WINGNUTTERY

Despite many overtures for an apology, ESPN's Chris Broussard is standing firmly behind his bigoted and ignorant comments. Also it is 2013, one Georgia county is holding its first ever integrated prom

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  1. I like to do it with guys, give me the nobel price and I'm waiting a call from Obama xD!!!!!!!

    Posted by: MArk | Apr 30, 2013 11:31:00 PM


  2. @Mark
    Well, if there is a Nobel Prize for word recognition, we can be assured that the medal and the money will be going to someone else. LOL

    Posted by: ***** | May 1, 2013 2:46:11 AM


  3. Can I point out once again, that Jason Collins' was not the first openly gay man to be an active professional sportsplayer. Whilst there aren't many, people like Gareth Thomas (Rugby Union and Rugby League) and Justin Fashanu of course did this years ago. Sadly for Justin the story was sad, but Gareth goes from strength to strength.

    Whilst I don't want to take anything away from the first American gay professional sports player to come out, the world view is slightly different.

    Posted by: Henry | May 1, 2013 7:23:45 AM


  4. @Henry,

    All true. But the U.S. is so big, it's a world onto itself. But seriously, if I were Jason Collins, I'd be getting a little uncomfortable right about now, with all the hero worship and publicity.

    Posted by: ratbastard | May 1, 2013 8:45:58 AM


  5. Wait, wait, some Georgia high school is holding its first-ever integrated prom?? Welcome to the twentieth century. What planet have you been living on since the 1960s? So now children, it's time to start thinking about the twenty-first century. Put away your Creationism books and have a look at something called "science."

    Posted by: Onnyjay | May 1, 2013 9:06:11 AM


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