On October 11, the LGBT community celebrates National Coming Out Day and this year we have one more newly out person with whom to celebrate--Puerto Rican boxer Orlando Cruz. When the former Olympian said in interviews last week that he is gay, I know he made a world of difference for so many people.
The sports world was buzzing after Orlando Cruz, a Puerto Rican boxer and top featherweight, announced that he was gay, becoming the first openly gay active boxer in history. So what did his opponent have to say? “The fact that he came out as being gay doesn’t take away his merits as a great boxer,” says Jorge Pazos at Orlando International Airport today in a video posted by EMC events.
The Rev. Jesse Jackson, who said in a recent interview that he would perform a same-sex wedding ceremony if a gay or lesbian couple asked him to do so, is urging Maryland voters to adopt his view of gay rights as civil rights by voting in favor of a ballot measure that would provide for marriage equality in the state.