Patriarchy of change: Media coverage of Jason Collins as “first openly gay” pro athlete is silencing women

The Sin City Siren

First, let me say that I am excited about the announcement this morning by NBA free-agent Jason Collins that he is gay. The 12-year basketball veteran came out in a Sports Illustrated story published today saying:

“I didn’t set out to be the first openly gay athlete playing in a major American team sport. But since I am, I’m happy to start the conversation,” Collins wrote. “I wish I wasn’t the kid in the classroom raising his hand and saying, ‘I’m different.’ If I had my way, someone else would have already done this. Nobody has, which is why I’m raising my hand.”

I join the chorus in support of Collins for this move. I wish we didn’t have describe this as a brave act, but in 2013 we still do. Many athletes and fans took to twitter right away to voice their support, including Kobe Bryant (this may…

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