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Michael Irvin appears in 'Out,' supports equality

Posted on: July 12, 2011 12:25 pm
Edited on: July 12, 2011 12:35 pm
 
Posted by Ryan Wilson

The fight for equal rights often transcends race, gender and socio-economic boundaries. And while the world of professional sports isn't the first place you'd expect an open and frank discussion about sexuality, there have been current and former athletes who've supported a person's right to their sexual orientation.

Four years ago, former center John Amaechi became the first NBA player to come out publicly. In recent months, NFL players Brendon Ayanbadejo and Donte Stallworth publicly supported gay marriage (as have former Giants player Michael Strahan and Phoenix Suns guard Steve Nash).

We can now add former Cowboys wide receiver and Hall of Famer Michael Irvin's name to the list. Appearing in the new issue of Out, Irvin says that his decision to take a stand had to do with his relationship with his gay brother, Vaughn, who died of stomach cancer in 2006. According to the magazine, this is the first time Irvin has spoken publicly about his brother.

More details via WABC:
In the article, Irvin describes how his brother's sexual orientation contributed to his own issues. He says that he found out his brother was gay sometime in the 1970s when he found him wearing women's clothing. He was rattled by the experience and has since figured out that it contributed to his own womanizing behavior.

"And through it all we realized maybe some of the issues I've had with so many women, just bringing women around so everybody can see, maybe that's the residual of the fear I had that if my brother is wearing ladies' clothes, am I going to be doing that? Is it genetic?" Irvin said to Out. "I'm certainly not making excuses for my bad decisions. But I had to dive inside of me to find out why am I making these decisions, and that came up."
Irvin credits his father with helping him accept his brother's lifestyle and now says the African-American community should support marriage equality.

"I don't see how any African-American, with any inkling of history, can say that you don't have the right to live your life how you want to live your life," he said, according to the magazine. "No one should be telling you who you should love, no one should be telling you who you should be spending the rest of your life with. When we start talking about equality, and everybody being treated equally, I don't want to know an African-American who will say everybody doesn't deserve equality."

There have been detractors, too. In June, former Super Bowl hero David Tyree said gay marriage "will be the beginning of our country sliding toward, it's a strong word, but anarchy."

But Irvin, who had his share of off-field trouble during his playing days, has no such hang-ups. "If anyone comes out in those top four major sports, I will absolutely support him. ... When a guy steps up and says, 'This is who I am,' I guarantee you I'll give him 100 percent support."

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Comments

Since: Feb 28, 2011
Posted on: July 12, 2011 9:44 pm
 

Michael Irvin appears in 'Out,' supports equality

Marriage between a man and a woman is already the law of the land. That is not the fight. Laws established are protected by the constitution until it is changed. I really don't care who loves who or who marries who - just don't let it cost me anything - including an increase in taxes or healthcare benefits. That would be infringing on my personal bank account.



Since: Mar 10, 2009
Posted on: July 12, 2011 9:41 pm
 

Michael Irvin appears in 'Out,' supports equality

It is really VERY SAD to see this come out in sports and everywhere!  Gay, Lesbian and same sex marriage will always be wrong and unacceptable because it is not normal and falls under all sin categories such as murder, steal, lie, adultery, etc etc.  Thank God it is still only a minority and they should be ignored easily.  I will never support such sick things as gay, lesbian or same sex.  We are all lucky that God loves us and forgives us but gay, lesbian and same sex need to repent their sins daily

the fact that you seperate gay people into three different catagories, while there is no difference between them, goes to show how retarded you are.



Since: Jul 23, 2008
Posted on: July 12, 2011 9:36 pm
 

Michael Irvin appears in 'Out,' supports equality

This has what to do with sports?



Since: Sep 9, 2006
Posted on: July 12, 2011 9:36 pm
 

Michael Irvin appears in 'Out,' supports equality

I don't support same sex marriage because I think marriage between a man and woman is tautological.... But I also think civil unions are a fine alternative to give equal treatment under the law. All that said I applaud Michael for talking about this, probably tough to see his brother go what he went through. In the end people should be accepted for who they are, I just don't see how they translates into sanctioning same sex marriage. One man's opinion.



Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: July 12, 2011 9:28 pm
 

Michael Irvin appears in 'Out,' supports equality

 This topic always brings out the bigots... These are the same type of backward thinking, ignorant fools who spoke out against rights for blacks, women etc in the past. I'm sure the descendants of bigots from decades ago are ashamed to admit that they are related to those people, just like the kids and grandkids of these fools will be ashamed of what they are saying today. Then again it's easy to be a coward and hide behind the keyboard, I bet a very large majority of these cowards wouldn't utter their ignorance in the real world. That's how cowards operate, they speak out when they are in large 'anonymous' groups and on the internet. Welcome to 2011 cowards. Look at what gay people have to go through when they come out of the closet, do you think any sane person would "choose" to bring that on themselves? Think about it for a second. Would you re-evaluate your ignorant comments if your son or daughter came out of the closet? I'm hoping that most of these ignorant redneck cowards are under the age of 15 and are just talking childish smack, otherwise we have a very vocal minority we are hearing from.



Since: Jul 8, 2010
Posted on: July 12, 2011 9:09 pm
 

Michael Irvin appears in 'Out,' supports equality

It is really VERY SAD to see this come out in sports and everywhere!  Gay, Lesbian and same sex marriage will always be wrong and unacceptable because it is not normal and falls under all sin categories such as murder, steal, lie, adultery, etc etc.  Thank God it is still only a minority and they should be ignored easily.  I will never support such sick things as gay, lesbian or same sex.  We are all lucky that God loves us and forgives us but gay, lesbian and same sex need to repent their sins daily.
you sicken me. Keep your god crap out of this. There isn't some magical guy with a beard hanging out in the sky all day. You're delusional. Homosexuality is wrong? It's a gene, like eye and hair color. People like you are like the racist minority in the early 20th century. Equal human rights. Nothing less. 



Since: Feb 4, 2011
Posted on: July 12, 2011 8:52 pm
 

Michael Irvin appears in 'Out,' supports equality

 Until the constitution is ammended, then gay marriage is not protected under the law and is unconstitutional.

Regular marraige is not protected under the Constitution either.



Since: May 6, 2009
Posted on: July 12, 2011 8:44 pm
 

Michael Irvin appears in 'Out,' supports equality

Wow...a lot of hatred still in the South (Georgia Tech Fan).  Get over it, you lost.  Civil War is over.  Blacks now have rights.  Gays will too.  Equality.  Look it up.  You claim to be a Christian, but who would Jesus hate?  You people sicken me.



Since: Jan 21, 2007
Posted on: July 12, 2011 8:40 pm
 

Michael Irvin appears in 'Out,' supports equality

Here I am reading all all these comments and this article, and I thought it was a sports site not a clone of MSNBC/Newsvine.........



Since: Jul 8, 2010
Posted on: July 12, 2011 8:37 pm
 

Michael Irvin appears in 'Out,' supports equality

 I am so sick of this GAY stuff I might throw up.  all u rainbow loving people need to shut up and go hide like back in the 80's and before.   Rome fell when they allowed the gayness now america is going to fall because of it
You sound like this kid I went to high school with. Super homophobic. He's since come out of the closet. So should you


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