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Derrick Gordon Becomes First Openly Gay Div. I College Basketball Player

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By:           Matthew Tharrett
On:           Apr 9, 2014
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  • 18 Comments
    • NG22
      NG22

      I am so proud of Derrick. If there’s even the smallest chance he sees this, I want him to know just how proud and thrilled I am. This has been a tremendous year of progress in sports, and that’s something that even non-sports-fans can appreciate.

      Furthermore, I’m proud of Wade Davis, who is doing tremendous work at You Can Play. He has one success after another, and it’s a joy to behold.

      I’m always happy when public figures of any color come out, but as an openly gay black man (or openly black gay man), there’s been an even deeper reserve of pride and emotion over the last year or so. Black men in the public eye are finally coming out. And everyone is supporting them. It means the world to me. I feel like we’re moving on as a community, and I feel like all of these black athletes are so brave (to take nothing away from brave athletes of other backgrounds).

      Keep up the good work, everyone. Today is a good day.

      Apr 9, 2014 at 1:43 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • jimmy10
      jimmy10

      You have my standing ovation right now!! We are all so proud of you!!
      What a leader you are!! Good luck, my man.

      Apr 9, 2014 at 1:44 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Kieran
      Kieran

      This is the homophobes worst nightmare coming true. Star college athletes coming out gay and proud. No longer prisoners living under the stigma, shame and intimidation of gay stereotypes. Every brave athlete like Derrick Gordon that comes out is another hammer blow to the crumbling edifice of homophobia.

      Apr 9, 2014 at 3:25 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • ChiChi Man
      ChiChi Man

      I’m so proud of Jason Collins, Michael Sam and now Derrick Gordon for challenging stereotypes based on masculinity and race. But I also have to tip my hat to another man of color – President Obama. The President’s support of the LGBT community has been instrumental in increasing LGBT acceptance within the African American community.

      Apr 9, 2014 at 3:30 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • OrchidIslander
      OrchidIslander

      @ChiChi Man: I couldn’t agree with you more. I’m glad any time someone of positive notoriety and celebrity comes out. Even more so when it is men of color. It sends a huge message to struggling kids and conservative communities at large.

      Stereotype buster indeed. Chipping away at notions that say gays and sports are incompatiable and that gay and black is somehow not a man. Most of us know better, but the amount of ignorance out there is still appalling.

      Obama’s influence is undeniable.

      By the way, where is Jason and his take on the black community’s virulent homophobia in response to black atheles being a big part of the national conversation?

      Apr 9, 2014 at 3:49 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Derek Williams
      Derek Williams

      This is REALLY something.

      Apr 9, 2014 at 3:55 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • LubbockGayMale
      LubbockGayMale

      Yet another fine young male setting a great example for all. Congratulations, and bravo for showing yourself to the world in this manner!

      Apr 9, 2014 at 4:15 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Black Pegasus
      Black Pegasus

      Good for you young brother! Give em hell!

      Apr 9, 2014 at 4:39 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • mydude
      mydude

      Another one comes out.

      Fantastic!

      Who’s next?

      Apr 9, 2014 at 4:54 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Curtispsf
      Curtispsf

      Well done Derrick. It took a lot of courage, but standing in the light and being true to yourself and others is the ultimate reward. Whenever another “first timer” comes out, it makes it easier for others to follow. And I always remember that each of us stands on the shoulders of giants who have come before us when it wasn’t so easy to live life openly.

      Now some straight folks will no doubt start saying, “I support gay people but do they have to keep telling the world, making a big thing or a spectacle about their sexual preference? After all, you don’t see straight guys announcing that they’re straight”.

      There are so many things to be said in reply, but I’ll say just this: “Yes, LGBTQ people need to keep coming out publicly until the day equality is reached and one’s sexual preference/identity is no longer relevant under the eyes of the law and in people’s hearts and minds.

      As Harvey Milk said “Come out, come out wherever you are”…Oh yeah, thank you drag queens for being the spark that set the fire in 1969.

      Apr 9, 2014 at 4:59 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Curtispsf
      Curtispsf

      Oh yeah, I forgot one other thing. Derrick, you’re a hottie and a cutey pie!!

      Apr 9, 2014 at 5:00 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • cantstopme
      cantstopme

      This is great news! :-)

      Apr 9, 2014 at 5:02 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • tjr101
      tjr101

      He has a lot of courage and I wish him all the best. He has my support and I am sure the full support of the gay community!

      Apr 9, 2014 at 5:12 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Mezaien
      Mezaien

      Good for you babe, AND if anyone don`t like it!? send them to suck eggs.

      Apr 9, 2014 at 5:26 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Kangol
      Kangol

      @ChiChi Man:

      Right with you on Jason Collins, Michael Sam, this young man Derrick Gordon, and our president, who has been the most supportive, pro-LGBT US President in our history! Let’s keep this training rolling, and I wish the very best for Derrick Gordon and all the other athletes and all of us, of all races, genders, and class backgrounds, to live without oppression or hatred because of our race, gender, class OR sexual orientation!

      Apr 9, 2014 at 8:09 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Blackceo
      Blackceo

      @NG22:

      I totally agree. So much pride in this young man and very amazing the impact that Collins, Sam, and now Gordon will have on continuing to challenge people’s perceptions on homosexuality when it comes to race.

      Apr 9, 2014 at 8:44 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • BRENT
      BRENT

      What a delightful, charming, well-sorted young man. I wish him a wonderful future and a happy life. He can only be a great role model for lads of his age, and someone every homophobe should be fearful of.

      Apr 9, 2014 at 11:30 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • sejjo
      sejjo

      Yep, it’s happening. The dominoes are falling. It’s the snowball effect. Pretty soon, we’ll be everywhere. Oh wait, we already are everywhere.

      Apr 10, 2014 at 1:59 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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