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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: Sep 24, 2006
Posted on: July 13, 2011 10:08 am
 

Michael Irvin appears in 'Out,' supports equality

Maybe you should try the chicken too. Sorry for your bad choices. really, do you want to brag about it?
Obviously, according to "my logic"  you should be able to screw that chicken then marry it and all the others in the hen house. Who am I to say that's wrong? Then when you're done, head down to the local preschool and have sex with some of the little boys. after all, who am I to say that's wrong? If you want to date chicks with beards and look at porno, who am I to say that's wrong? Its just stupid and so are you.



Since: Nov 1, 2009
Posted on: July 13, 2011 9:57 am
 

Michael Irvin appears in 'Out,' supports equality

I think the direction we are going in is that there are no restrictions on what is acceptable as long as it doesn't impact others outside of the willing participants.   So who are we as a society to tell a man and 4 women that they can't be a married group?  This list goes on and on.



Since: Jul 12, 2011
Posted on: July 13, 2011 9:36 am
 

Michael Irvin appears in 'Out,' supports equality

GREAT JOB MAN. IT'S A CHOICE. PEOPLE GO THROUGH THINGS THAT MIGHT BEND THEM THAT WAY OR HAVE ATTRACTIONS THAT MIGHT LEAN THAT WAY, BUT AT THE END OF THE DAY YOU CHOOSE WHO YOU SLEEP WITH.



Since: Feb 4, 2011
Posted on: July 13, 2011 9:35 am
 

Michael Irvin appears in 'Out,' supports equality

Most Gays have a sex life that includes NUMEROUS partners. MOSt are users of pornography and even pedophilia leanings.

I'm straight.  I have had NUMEROUS partners.  I use pornography.  My last girlfriend was 5'2" 100 and shaved, which made her look young.

According to your logic it should be illegal for me to get married.



Since: Sep 24, 2006
Posted on: July 13, 2011 9:21 am
 

Michael Irvin appears in 'Out,' supports equality

Most? What planet do you live on? MOst? The fact is most are not. They want to hold on to traditional family values. They don't want their kids or other people's kids subjected to perversion. If you want to talk about most people, check statistics. Most Gays have a sex life that includes NUMEROUS partners. MOSt are users of pornography and even pedophilia leanings. MOST deal with constant shame--not from soceity but from their own conscience.

What is the difference between homosexuals and pedophiliacs? Who says that you cant go screw a chicken? The point is, if their is no standard of morality, then all goes. You can do what ever you want. being a homesexual has to do with preference. They are not born that way but choose to be that way.

A black person is born black. a woman is born a woman. dicap person is a literal handicap..they didn't choose it.

 





Since: Jul 9, 2008
Posted on: July 13, 2011 9:16 am
 

Michael Irvin appears in 'Out,' supports equality

Who cares!!  Stop telling us what we should and shouldn't support.  I have my beliefs and don't try to stuff them on anyone else.  Micheal, you're a druggie, I don't take much faith in your opinion.  As for the rest of you shims and she-he's.  Enough already.  We get it.  "You're here, you're queer" and so forth and so forth.  I think you all's problem is that you are so inadequate, that you need acceptance from "ery'one and all ya'll." 




Since: Jan 2, 2008
Posted on: July 13, 2011 8:41 am
 

Michael Irvin appears in 'Out,' supports equality

you know what i find funny, that if you look up Most puplic anti gay advocates, most of them have been caught in GAY acts with other GAY men. I recall a few reverends being busted with other men in Gay sex acts, like the reverend who rented a BOY from a gay escort website and when he got busted he tried to say he hired him to carry his luggage(meanwhile they got photos of him with the BOY and he was carrying his own luggage) so to sum this nonsense up I believe MOST ANTI GAY ADVOCATES ARE GAY!!!!!! thats right, they lash out because they are ashamed of their homosexuality, most likely raised to believe its wrong, so in turn they marry a woman have kids then ruin said woman and kids lives when they are caught in a GAY sex act and the best one ever was the reverend Haggard, look him up, i believe he has been since cured of his homosexuality by another whack job reverened..im not religious, but if you want to have your beliefs thats fine, just keep them in church on sunday!!!! which i feel most are just self rightous hipocrites anyway, like the family leaving church one sunday, myself and a couple friends went to a diner for breakfast, i made a mistake and cut this family off, the guy driving flips me the bird... lets just say that made our year!!!!  hipocrites...hahaha



Since: Jul 15, 2010
Posted on: July 13, 2011 8:05 am
 

Michael Irvin appears in 'Out,' supports equality

I'm all for gay rights, but I dont want to know if someone is gay or not. I dont want to know if their straight. really keep your sex life to yourself. Talk about what you had for lunch not that you like to have sex with other dudes. Being close minded to gay rights is poor social edicate, but being so open to where gay is mentioned everywhere isnt good social edicate either. Its important that everyone respects the rights of others and most people I feel dont want to hear about your sexual prefrence. We dont care. Seperation of church and state means they should be able to get a marrige licence, but to be married in a church....thats a religion. Change your religion or give up on the stain glass and know god still loves you becasue your a good person. I hear hes forgiving if you just ask. Stop trying to change Cathloic collages also.  Thats selfish bc religion is big to some people and every exception makes it lose its authentisity. You choose to go there you choose to abide by the rules. Same for military.



Since: Nov 26, 2006
Posted on: July 13, 2011 7:43 am
 

Michael Irvin appears in 'Out,' supports equality

He'll proabably wake up and read what he said after being on coke last night.



Since: Jun 22, 2011
Posted on: July 13, 2011 6:25 am
 

Michael Irvin appears in 'Out,' supports equality

Why is it whenever "gay" is brought up on a blog it brings out all the people who think they must write an entire mini-series on the subject?

So Irvin's brother was a fag....big freaking deal....Irvin is still and always will be a disgusting racist piece of garbage.


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