Jason Collins came out today. It’s the only thing that’s been on the news.
You know what hasn’t been on the news today?
Brittney Griner, the openly gay basketball play who was a first round pick of the WNBA last week
the fact that All My Children came back from the dead today, and that AMC has an openly gay character on it
the fact that I’m gay
the nine million Americans who are gay (source: http://thenewcivilrightsmovement.com/study-shows-how-many-americans-are-gay-lesbian-bisexual-transgender/news/2011/04/07/18551)
People are paying attention to Jason Collins coming out because he’s a man, because he’s African-American, because he’s a basketball player, and because he’s in a magazine. (You can read the article here.)
Frankly, I’m annoyed by all the media attention Jason is getting. There are millions upon millions of people just like him. What he did isn’t a big deal– tons of people come out everyday. His coming out is just being played out as a big deal because he happens to be an athlete, and he happens to be famous.
But you know what? I’ve met plenty of gay black men athletes. You’re just like everyone else, Jason. Welcome to the rainbow side.