At the end of the season last year, Jason Collins did an extremely brave thing and came out of the closet. Since coming out he has been a free agent, ready to be picked up by a team. Now, almost five months into the regular season, his time as a free agent came to an end when the Brooklyn Nets, who have been struggling all season, signed him to a 10 day contract!
So I started watching Brooklyn Nine-Nine last week and I was mildly impressed with the pilot episode. I was further intrigued when they introduced the precinct captain as an out gay man. I just finished the sixth episode and the last three episodes haven’t been nearly as interesting, funny, as the first three.
In response to all of the coverage about Michael Sam, the guy who in all likelihood will be the first openly gay player in the National Football League, NFL Nation and ESPN Magazine surveyed 51 anonymous players in the NFL gauging their level of comfort with an openly gay player. The results are much what one would expect:
Although the survey showed that most players aren’t concerned with another’s sexual orientation, it also made clear the concerns that players would have with learning how to relate to an openly gay teammate.
Just a couple days ago the White House released who’s who on the U.S. delegation to the 2014 Sochi Olympics. We’ve seen a lot of reactions to the news so far, but the greatest yet is gold medalist figure skater Brian Boitano has come out of the closet, and silver medalist Caitlin Cahow lays out how the symbolism is important.
Brian Boitano came out of the closet in a statement saying:
“I am many things: a son, a brother, and uncle, a friend, an athlete, a cook, an author, and being gay is just one part of who I am.