John Amaechi, who was the first former NBA player to come out as gay, told me the he was not surprised the first out, active male player would be from the NBA. "I expect that the next three or four" professional sports players to come out could also be Black players, Amaechi told EBONY.
My latest for EBONY: "Jason Collins Has “Reframed the Conversation” Around Sports, Blacks and Homophobia."
Jason Collins has demonstrated that you can “be Black, gay, out and play professional sports,” former NFL player Wade Davis told EBONY. Davis played for the Seattle Seahawks and Washington Redskins and came out after retirement. “Now people need to reframe the conversation around African-Americans and homophobia. Jason Collins said that he is a Black, gay man. Many other players who have supported him, such as Kobe [Bryant] and Dwayne [Wade] are also Black.
Read it HERE.
John Amaechi, Wade Davis, Darnell Moore and Will Sheridan spoke with me for the article. Davis and Sheridan discussed the landscape for professional Black gay athletes with me for the critically-acclaimed 2012 anthology For Colored Boys Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Not Enough. The book was edited by television commentator Keith Boykin.