So … anything new?
OK, in all seriousness, I just wanted to send along a quick message in support of your decision to open up about your sexuality. I admire your courage and congratulate you on the sense of liberation you must be feeling. Moreover, I want to do my small part to offset the bigotry, hatred and small-mindedness that undoubtedly will accompany this decision.
Yes, I realize it’s not like getting a call from the president.
But I’ll bet you never figured you’d hear from someone in Pittsburgh, either.
I have to tell you, when I saw “Jason Collins” trending on Twitter, my first thought was “Hmm … what could a journeyman NBA center possibly have done to be trending on a Monday morning?”
In that regard, I’m glad you’re not dead.
Ironically, though, I was perhaps even more surprised by what I did learn a mouse click later — that an NBA player had declared to the world he’s gay.
I kid you not: Reading the headline gave me chills.
You’re obviously a thoughtful fellow, so I take comfort in knowing that you’re smart enough to disregard the hatred and ignorance you’ll be forced to endure. Those of us who believe gay rights are the civil rights issue of our generation are fortunate to have such an eloquent spokesman.
All of that said, I thought you also might be interested to know that you’re a pioneer in more ways than one:
With today’s announcement, thousands of people in Pittsburgh are suddenly aware of the professional sports league known as the “NBA.”
So well done, my friend.