A minor league player for the Milwaukee Brewers has become the first openly gay player on a team affiliated with Major League Baseball.
“Very few reached out to me and pretty much just told me their gratitude and how they were thankful that I had the courage. They wished that they had the courage to come out.”
“It feels wonderful to have been part of these milestones for sports and for gay rights, and to have been embraced by the public, the coaches, the players, the league and history.”
To many, Michael Sam is the ultimate feel-good story. But that doesn’t mean this week is going to play out well for him.
They like what he’s done so far. The Brooklyn Nets are apparently so pleased with Jason Collins’ play they reportedly will sign the 35-year-old center to another 10-day contract once his current one runs out Tuesday.
General manager Billy King said Thursday the Brooklyn Nets are looking to add a big man and confirmed the team worked out center Jason Collins, who would become the first openly gay active NBA player if signed.
The City Council welcomed 21 new members at the swearing in ceremony Wednesday. One of the youngest members of the council is 25-year-old Ritchie Torres of the Bronx.
A high school basketball coach in Yonkers has received strong messages of support after he came out as a gay man to his team.
Now that NBA player Jason Collins has come out as gay, activists say the next step is not just about which player will come out next, but also about which players stand up and support those who are gay.