If Openly Gay NBA Pro Jason Collins Were Female, We Wouldn't Care

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Jason Collins
Jason Collins' recent 'coming out' reveals a shocking double standard in the sports world.

Is it possible that by stereotyping women in some sports as lesbians, that a new age of "don't ask, don't tell" has infiltrated the world of sports? Au contraire. Questioning the sexual orientation of athletes has been the modus operandi since the days of the Greek games. Of course, the Greeks had a sure-fire way of identifying same-sex arousal between male athletes—they required them to play naked. (That makes it kind of hard to hide your arousal when wrestling your opponent—au naturel—in front of a stadium of cheering fans!)

Still, one question remains: "Why does it matter if an NBA player came out of the closet?"

 

It seems that whether you're an ordinary, non-famous person or you're an all-star athlete who's about to rock the sports world by coming out of the closet, it seems to be everyone's business to know who you choose to crawl into bed with at night.

I wonder what the logo for gay athletes would look like. You know someone's going to make a pretty penny for that designprobably enough to buy a whole stadium! Can I get an "amen"?

Rick Clemons, The Coming Out Coach Certified Professional Coach (CPC), Energy Leader Index, Master Practioner (ELI-MP), International Coach Federation, Associate Certified Coach (ACC). Rick Clemons is a Certified Professional Coach who's been featured on The Ricki Lake Show, and is a highly sought after radio show guest, blogger, author, and Sex Coach U Faculty Member, who lovingly addresses the many facets of Coming Out for all who are touched by this Journey. Rick also hosted his own radio show, The Coming Out Lounge, and has been an expert guest on numerous other radio shows, and in print on national blogs. Sign-up for Ricks' free video series, "Coming Out Without Coming Unglued!" or connect with Rick through his Coming Out & Life Coaching Newsletter. Like to chat with Rick? Schedule A Complimentary Session! Sessions available via phone, Skype and in-person.

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Rick is a straight-forward, compassionate, insightful, challenging, mentor, guide, and Certified Professional Coach who's been featured on The Ricki Lake Show, and is a highly sought after radio show personality, blogger, author, and faculty member of Sex Coach U. His loving, challenging, gentle, and inspiring approach ignites a fire in clients, helping them get through the darkest moments of life and come out the other side, kicking butt, and being authentically themselves.

Rick thrives, working with individuals, and those in their inner circle, as they embark on the journey out of the closet and beyond. He specializes in helping people build confidence, live their passion while loving their work, and live authentically. Authenticity isn't just a word he throws around lightly. It's the backbone of his practice and the manner in which he personnally strives to live each and every day of his own life.

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