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  •  Martina was interviewed yesterday on NPR. (30+ / 0-)

    She said she saw what Collins did as being brave. She said it's a whole different time, and yeah, no president called her to congratulate her.

    But Collins said she was his hero. She seemed taken aback, even choked up by that. She said he'll pay forward what he got from her. That's the way it works.

    There's no rift there. Navratilova seemed genuinely happy for him. She said she gets letters from people saying that she saved their lives. She knows Collins will too.

    Navratilova thinks it still means a lot.

    Being African American and male makes a big difference from where I sit.  I respect Martina's opinion on this.

    Saving lives. It's a big deal.

    © grover

    So if you get hit by a bus tonight, would you be satisfied with how you spent today, your last day on earth? Live like tomorrow is never guaranteed, because it's not. -- Me.

    by grover on Wed May 01, 2013 at 11:17:24 AM PDT

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    •  Different Sports Too (1+ / 0-)
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      Navratilova played in a sport which was usually played as an individual without much, if any, body contact.  Team sports with extensive body contact like basketball or football elicit a whole different set of feelings from other players and viewers.  That difference could easily account for the delay in someone playing a team contact sport coming out, but it does not detract from Navratilova's courageous step in the first place three decades ago.

      "Love the Truth, defend the Truth, speak the Truth, and hear the Truth" - Jan Hus, d.1415 CE

      by PrahaPartizan on Wed May 01, 2013 at 02:09:36 PM PDT

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    •  True (3+ / 0-)
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      JVolvo, Nailbanger, grover

      The culture of the locker room is why Collins is the first openly gay male athlete so many years later in 2013.  As any guy who played sports, particularly anyone gay man who played sports or was exposed to jocks during PE is probably well aware, the locker room is about the worst place for homophobia.

      That said, coming out in the 80's in any profession was a truely courageous thing.

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