Sam's coming out will be the true litmus test of whether the NFL is indeed open and accepting of gay players. Should no team sign him, the NFL is sending the message that no time is the right time to be out in this sport.
Before Jason Collins revealed that he is gay, I suppose I'd never really pondered the amount of courage it takes, even in this day and age, to come out of the closet. And it does take more than a fair amount.
When Jason Collins decided to reveal the life he'd kept secret for so long, Harris, Dean, James Baldwin before them, and many other literary figures had already been on set, prepping the scene, readying our minds for what's to come.
ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives has been busy this week clearing a space for Jason Collins in our LGBT Archival Sports collection alongside the likes of Billy Jean King, Martina Navratilova, and John Amechi, among others.
Coming out isn't just healthy, necessary and liberating for gay people; everyone else benefits as well. Lies are destructive, not only to the person telling them but to everyone else who becomes collateral damage.