May 8, 2013

“I'm Black. And I'm gay." With this confession, the now openly gay NBA player, Jason Collins, has reintroduced to public conversations the issue of sexual diversity and inclusion within U.S. sports culture. Collins’ public disclosure has the potential to shift narrow-minded societal ideas about what it means to be black, gay, and athletic within a moment where many still hold onto the stereotypical ideas that professional male athletes are always straight, black gay men are not athletic (and when they are, they must be on the “down low”), as well as the belief that “gay” is synonymous to “White.” In fact, Jason Collins admitted, "I didn't set out to be the first openly gay male athlete." Yet, he may actually end up being the perfect "first" for one reason and one reason alone: He's Black.