When a young person can go to school confident and proud of who they are, without the stigma they may face from their peers or from within their own ideals of who they should be, then we can say, 'this is the year it all ends.'
Cyd Ziegler, co-founder of OutSports, talks with me about the societal impact of athletes speaking up about their sexual orientation, and what can be done to improve LGBT acceptance in sports.
"You just can't retaliate," she stressed. "The blame always falls on the player who retaliates." I knew she was right.
When an All-Pro cornerback from the NFL's best defensive squad needs to have his 3.9 GPA from Stanford cited to stop white people's quivering, we have a problem.
Michael Sam and Jason Collins should complicate our understandings of athletes not Blackness. They complicate our accepted notions of masculinity. It is not that their race doesn't matter, but their sex has catapulted them in ways others haven't which speaks to a deeper issue.
We have an opportunity to strengthen our efforts when we unify and include more diversity of voices in our fight for full equality.
Since being drafted a little over a month ago by the Phoenix Mercury, life has certainly been a whirlwind. I've been from the East coast to the West coast on media tours, have done countless interviews and met a lot of new people -- and I've loved every minute of it.
On April 28, Collins was a respected journeyman backup center. On April 29, he found stardom in the hard and brave act of becoming a hero and role model for sexual minority youth. Lighting a path for others - few stars shine brighter than that.
Undoubtedly, Brittney is a basketball legend in the making, and the fact that people aren't making a big deal out of her coming out is both shocking and disappointing. Imagine if this happened with a male athlete of the same caliber. My Facebook news feed would be exploding.
This week, Baylor basketball star Brittney Griner made her first public statements about her sexuality, and at least one headline read that this announcement is "no big deal." In the sports world, that has been true. But it is a big deal at Baylor, which, citing its Christian identity, continues to bar gay men and lesbians from employment.
Baylor's Brittney Griner was the #1 overall pick in the WNBA draft chosen by Phoenix. Let's see where Dallas takes her in the NBA draft.
Turner, a senior who spent his first two years at the University of Washington, scored 40 in leading the Aggies to an 83-71 win at Kentucky. The 6'5 Turner burned the Wildcats with 25 first half points and finished 14-of-19 from the field and 6-of-10 on three-pointers.
As an advisory board member of Glamour Women of the Year, I have the privilege of nominating five inspiring women -- or groups of women -- who have made an impact in 2012. And I'd love to hear your suggestions.
I think there's a sequence of extraordinary events that, were they to happen, would make it ideal for an NBA team to add Brittney Griner to their roster.
Rarely will you see two players who don't possess great offensive skill sets dominating games but that's what happened during the Final Four.
Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw caused a stir when she said that Brittney Griner, was "like a guy playing with women." Griner said she took the comment as a compliment.