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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: May 13, 2010
Posted on: July 14, 2011 4:01 am
 

Michael Irvin appears in 'Out,' supports equality

Wow, you guys are really dumb. No, the King James version isn't the only source of the Good Word. There are older scriptures found, the King James version was made from scriptures that are newer, therefore have less facts in them. You can open a new web page and google this sir. I don't hate God or anyone that thinks he is real. I just don't believe in it. It's a "PERSONAL" choice, correct my Christian friends. Once again your ignorance shows. If you guys were educated you would understand, I'll leave you to say stupid, hateful, and ignorant things and use your "Lords" name to make it seem ok. You still havent been able to produce the part in the Bible which says being gay is wrong or to hate gays. Where is it? It's not there so stop saying it!



Since: May 13, 2010
Posted on: July 14, 2011 3:57 am
 

Michael Irvin appears in 'Out,' supports equality

Saigon, I'm not going to argue with idiots, but yes it's been proven, not theorized, to be in DNA. Don't be dumb and go educate yourself. What does God have to do with anything. I don't think God is stupid, I don't believe in God, I'm an Atheist. I don't sit here and tell people they are wrong for believing but I have absolutely nothing to do with religion or God. Neither does being Gay. I could argue that Wisdom would tell you that God doesn't exist, but I'm not going to throw that in your face either. Once again, you can research this, go educate yourself, read a book. It's not my opinion, it's a factual statement. Science has proven that being Gay is genetic. Science has also proven that "GOD" din't create the Earth or multpile other planets and Universes and living beings. You probably don't believe in Science and would rather base your life on things you can't see, correct? I live my life with facts, hard based scientific facts.



Since: Jan 2, 2010
Posted on: July 14, 2011 2:01 am
 

Michael Irvin appears in 'Out,' supports equality

datboyeddiep,

Your hateful of God, admit it.  This is why you chose to pick apart my argument.  Silly.  Yeah, the King James version of the bible is the only source in existence of the word of God...really...for real?  Why don't YOU get your facts straight and stop turning everything on everyone before writing a book on a blog? The thing that angers me is the ignorance.  Being gay doesn't make sense; you can't reproduce, and have a relatively high chance of contacting a deadly disease.  Pushing the gay issue on a sports site; you should see all the great articles on NFL.com about possible off-season happenings, and your local newspaper for coverage from the All-Star Game.  Pushing gay players on the NFL; a place where 40-50% of the players are born again Christians.  If a gay player is gonna score mucho points for your fantasy team, then they'll be drafted a plenty in a variety of leagues, but i sincerely doubt gay players are any more welcome in an NFL locker room as they are in the  U.S. armed forces.  This is a mundane topic, and a waste of time.  Shame on CBS for getting everyone worked up for nothing.  When the season starts, we'll all be laughing about this after long.  "Man I can't believe we got so crazy about gay people."  "Are ya ready for some foootbaaaallll?"

P.S.-Leviticus 18, so shut it, jabroni.  Just because YOU can't understand the bible, doesn't mean it can't be understood. 

GOD BLESS ALL OF YOU, AND GOD BLESS AMERICA.



Since: Sep 30, 2008
Posted on: July 13, 2011 11:54 pm
 

Michael Irvin appears in 'Out,' supports equality

datboyeddiep....just because someone doesnt think people are born gay doesnt make them stupid...science has not proven being gay is in DNA...it has always been a theory...i know many will not like this, but the Bible does say it is a behavioral choice, just like everything else...perhaps u think God is dumb too?...race, gender, hair color, etc are all a result of DNA we are born with...personal behavior is a choice or pattern that is learned...many patterns are developed at very early ages by various influences, emotions and thought patterns...perhaps your education did not provide you with one essential trait which is known as "wisdom"...a college degree does not make people wise



Since: Dec 7, 2009
Posted on: July 13, 2011 10:50 pm
 

Michael Irvin appears in 'Out,' supports equality

Anyone who seriously thinks that homosexuality is a choice is either retarted or they have never personally talked with someone who is gay.  I can observe an 8 year old boy and tell you if he's going to be gay or not.  Women are a little harder to spot at such a young age but if you look for the signs you'll be able to tell.  How do I know this?  I told my girlfriend when we were 17 that her 8 year old brother was going to be gay and sure enough.  I caught a lot of grief from the entire family over that one.  I used to tell my step brother when he was 12 who is now 26 that he was going to be gay and should just admit it. (Honestly, I wasn't just trying to be a d!@#).  When he turned 21 he finally came out.  There were 3 different guys that I went to elementary school with that I knew were going to be gay and I told them so.  (I was trying to be a d!@# then) and here we are 20 years later and all three are gay.  I'm not a genius who has this awesome ability of detecting who is going to be gay and who isn't, nor do I have an awesome "gaydar" for detecting homosexual people.  The signs and traits are obvious at a very young age (moreso in men than women) and this is because they have no choice but to act that way.  Why?  Because being gay is something you are born with; it is NOT a choice.

Has anyone ever wondered why gay people walk the way they do and talk in high pitched voices like they do?  It's because people ( in this case only men) who are gay have way higher testosterone levels than they should.  This is a proven fact and can not be contested.  Why is it that as men we think all women are crazy and how we are always utterly disgusted at how different we are from one another?  Testosterone levels have absolutely everything to do with those differences.  That is why gay men, in every way other than physically, resemble women.  Last I checked the amount of testosterone one is born with is not something they choose. 

I personally have no problems with people who are gay nor do I have any problems with anyone who hates gay people.  We are all given the freedom to think and feel however we so choose about anything we choose.  Who am I to tell anyone else the way they feel is wrong?  All i'm saying is think what you want; feel what you want, but don't let your hate or disagreements get in the way of education.  Know what you're talking about before you get on here and let your hate dictate your knowlede.  Being gay is not a CHOICE.



Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: July 13, 2011 9:10 pm
 

Michael Irvin appears in 'Out,' supports equality

These Gay Groups must Pay Well! Mike was a great player that made Bad decisions. I see he's still making those Bad choices. DavidTyree is very Correct in his response.



Since: May 13, 2010
Posted on: July 13, 2011 8:52 pm
 

Michael Irvin appears in 'Out,' supports equality

Baylor Faithful

I hope you didn't pay to go to Baylor cause if you did you wasted your education. How dumb are you? It has been scientifically proven that being Gay is no more of a choice than race, ethnicity, hair, or eye color. It's genetic. Before the non-educated begin to argue with me go and educate yourself. One more thing, dude when you refer to people as Blacks, you can just about be assumed to be a racist. Read a book!



Since: Jul 9, 2011
Posted on: July 13, 2011 6:58 pm
 

Michael Irvin appears in 'Out,' supports equality

Who's Michael Evin?



Since: Dec 27, 2006
Posted on: July 13, 2011 5:47 pm
 

Michael Irvin appears in 'Out,' supports equality

Michael Evin is a coke head and supports his brother. How beautiful is that!
What is this world coming to my football friends?
I never liked the guy anyway.   He will pay when his time comes.
I think you all know what I mean.



Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: July 13, 2011 5:44 pm
 

Michael Irvin appears in 'Out,' supports equality

this article is gay


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