The “why-is-this-news” folks who don’t understand what it’s like to be young and in the closet and scared and desperate for this sort of news are just going to have to deal with another bit of news.
Jason Collins was named one of TIME Magazine’s 100 most influential people this week. It’s a constructed award, with no real scientific backing, discussed and detailed in print by celebrities with only a tangential relationship to the honoree. Collins, who came out of the closet one year ago and was signed by the Brooklyn Nets in February, is the only openly gay male sports participant working in the four major North American pro sports. His go-to qualifier happily keeps adding words to it because more and more athletes – women, pro prospects, college players, those who run up and down a soccer pitch – are coming out. This is why someone like Jason Collins is influential.
Despite his noted dedication to the defensive craft, Jason will be the first one to tell you he is a role player. HisRead More »from Jason Collins named one of TIME Magazine's 100 most influential people, for good reason