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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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Since: May 13, 2010
Posted on: July 13, 2011 5:58 am
 

Michael Irvin appears in 'Out,' supports equality

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How do you know Gays don't like sports? That was either a dumb comment, or you have lots of experience with gays. Typical Christian propaganda. The worst thing is, I'm an Atheist, yet I'm certainly more Christ like than you. When did Jesus ever preach to hate anyone for any reason? The answer is never. I see a lot of hate from people claiming to be Christians yet I'm pretty sure Jesus never said to hate a soul, crazy right? Does that mean that you are sinning? If you had sex before marriage are you sinning? Please tell me where it says to hate Gays and being Gay is wrong in the Bible, it doesn't. You may interpret it that way but it does not say anywhere to hate gays.

Did you know that the King James bible is not the oldest version of the "Good Word" and has a lot of fiction and misinterpretations in it? Do you know why King James had the Bible written in a way that was so hard for the common man to understand? I'm sure you think it's cause God talks like that but no. King James hired the greatest Writers in the land to write that book in a way so the poor could not interpret it for themselves. That way you have to go to listen to Sermons where they can tell you what the bible means and what to believe in instead of you doing it for yourself. Actually read the Bible buddy and get back with me when you find the comdemn the gays part. Jesus never walked on water, never turned water into wine, and there were no Wisemen bearing gifts when he was born. He wasn't pegged as the son of God until he was in his early teens. That, "he who throws the first stone" spiel, also never happened. So I'm telling you what you are recognizing and referring to as God in your comment is just Man, writting a story.

This you can educate yourself on if you want or you can just be ignorant and think the way people tell you too. You will fit nicely with the rest of the sheep that follow. You should also stop throwing your religious beliefs around as an excuse to be hateful and spiteful. I'm pretty sure that will end you up in hell. Since I'm not a believer, just an educated person, I don't think you are going there. I just think you are an ignorant follower, who doesn't live the way Chrsit taught you to live, rather you live with anger, hate and jealousy. I may be an Atheist, with no belief in God, but I certainly live the way Jesus taught us to live. To love every man and woman no matter what race, creed, or religion. To take care of one another and to not hate. Something you need to go back and read up on in your Book you love to talk about.



Since: May 13, 2010
Posted on: July 13, 2011 5:13 am
 

Michael Irvin appears in 'Out,' supports equality

First of all, a lot of these comments are way out of line. Who are you guys to tell someone how to live? Marriage is about love. I think some people forget that when they get married and THAT"S why our divorce rate is so high. It has nothing to do with what sex your partner is. My thought on gay marriage is, if two people are in love why not let them marry? If two gay guys get married, it has no bearing whatsoever on my life, how does it effect me? I'm fine with people getting married, that "Sanctity between a man and a woman" crap is old and worn out. That's the old way of thinking, people who think like this will certainly be the minority in our country. Our country is evolving guys, even some of the younger Republicans are for Gay marriage, get used to it.

If you don't like the idea, that's fine, but don't go saying hateful horrible things about people who are gay. It just makes you look bad, trust me. You guys have to remember, being gay is not a choice. Before the non-educated start to argue with me, it has already been proven to be in genetics by scientists, if you don't believe me Google it! It is no more a choice than what sex, race, hair color, or eye color you have. These people deserve the same rights as everyone else has in this country. How is it that being gay disturbs so many people? Yes, being against gay marriage makes you pretty much a Homophobe. I just call it like it is. There is absolutely no way you guys that are against it just think marriage is an exclusive club that only hetero's are allowed into. It's like most of the lies people say about our president, "He is Muslim", "He was born in Indonesia, or was it Morrocco, or Nigeria." Those lies are there because it is easier to say he is Muslim then to say I don't like him because he is black, which honestly is the real reason most don't like Obama. It's the same with this, it's easier to say marriage should be between man and woman instead of saying I don't like gays and I don't want their marriage to be public. I know I went way off track with that Obama topic but it's similar. All those lies about him are convenient cause it keeps people from saying the truth.

Like I saw on an earlier post, most of you hateful people are just scared, hiding behind a keyboard and monitor. You would never have the balls to say something like that to a gay man or woman's face. All I know is, most people are for this. The ones that aren't will be outcasts in our society, hanging out with the racists and sexists.



Since: Sep 23, 2006
Posted on: July 13, 2011 3:52 am
 

Michael Irvin appears in 'Out,' supports equality

live and let live.... it amazes me how ppl are using the bible to justify being against gay marriage.  All the sudden you ppl are acting like the greatest followers of christ yet most of you have sex before marriage anyways so what does the bible say about that? Yet you have still decided to use the bible to your own benefit and interpret it in a way that only suits you.  Please dont push your religious beliefs on everyone especially when doing it in such a hypocratic fashion.



Since: Jan 2, 2010
Posted on: July 13, 2011 3:26 am
 

Michael Irvin appears in 'Out,' supports equality

richyriches, I am convinced that you are a homosexual...and jealous of Hikohadon's sensible post being rated higher than the gay propaganda you put out.  I'll do a video short on CBS.com with Mike "I wanna give it up to the black man" Freeman saying how wrong homosexuality is on so many levels, no joke.  Even more serious, if this is some clever ploy to relate racial discrimination to this suddenly important issue in sports, I'm still not buying it.  Tell the black religious community not to discriminate against these "lost souls" as Hikohadon calls them with the same logic Irvin suggests, and I bet you they don't buy in either.  They will say God delivered them from the South, God gave them freedom, God feeds them, grants them their livelihood, and so much more, but he does not condone this type of "lifestyle," because it is a sin, and believers of ANY race or ethnic and social background will steer clear of this type of behavior.  Work on them, pray for them, but do not accept them as normal or benevolent.  Until the concepts from the bible, which have existed for millenia after millenia, and God himself is somehow wiped completely from the earth, gays will never be normal, accepted or appreciated by the majority of God's people, saved, or unsaved.  But again, this has nothing to do with sports.  Gays don't like sports, nor do they normally play sports.  I guess Freeman is trying to get everyone to be a little more tolerant for the day when he finally comes out of the closet.



Since: Feb 27, 2008
Posted on: July 13, 2011 3:24 am
 

Michael Irvin appears in 'Out,' supports equality

And everyone continued to not give a fuck.



Since: Aug 7, 2010
Posted on: July 13, 2011 2:56 am
 

Michael Irvin appears in 'Out,' supports equality

I've been black for a long time and have dealt with discrimination this year in san antonio tx. which was a jarring experience as 99 percent of the people i met there were cool. It hadn't been so long ago that i'd forgotten how it feels...it still stings my 64 yr. old scars. How as a people we can say it's okay to discriminate against a person or people for any reason says you are divorced completely from reality. The fact that you don't like someone does not make you a member of some exclusive or worthwhile click, clique, set, club or none o that. It marks you as a tool if not a fool to think you are better than someone else because of how you get off. Of all the signs you might see you may not see soon is a sign that says "gay haters only". If that is where you want to be please stay there and try not to infect the rest of us...



Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: July 13, 2011 2:52 am
 

Michael Irvin appears in 'Out,' supports equality

Strahan, Nash and Kerr are gay for being accepting of gay people? How old are you man? Grow up... This is the wrong venue to have this discussion, granted, but the vocal minority is pretty damn ignorant when it comes to the internet. It's so easy to be an internet bigot behind a keyboard, none of you would express your ignorant views publically because you are cowards.



Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: July 13, 2011 2:47 am
 

Michael Irvin appears in 'Out,' supports equality

 Which foreign country are you referring to... Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia? Its pretty normal in most parts of the world, by that I mean it's not shocking and unheard of behavior. The US didn't invent being gay. Do you get out very often? And who would ask you on the street "is that really true about bay marriage in America" If you are trying to make a point you are failing miserably. If you are against it, that's fine (you might be old, ignorant, or just old fashioned) but I guarantee you will feel stupid for admitting that in a decade or so when it is commonplace. Againh, it's easy to say these things behind a keyboard. 



Since: Sep 4, 2007
Posted on: July 13, 2011 2:20 am
 

Michael Irvin appears in 'Out,' supports equality

....an entire population? don't you mean a culture? and it sure sounds like you just made a general statement about Steelers fans. The fact remains this is a culture of behavior and it's been growing for 50 years. When you travel to a foreign country poeple ask, "Is it really true about gay marriage in america?", I say, "Unfortunaltey". They say, "Well that's against nature". I say, "You are exactly right".



Since: May 29, 2010
Posted on: July 13, 2011 2:16 am
 

Michael Irvin appears in 'Out,' supports equality

"You watch, all the gay guys are gonna love Micheal now. But they are the same lost souls who where badmouthing him to anyone who would listen during his drug days. Of course Irvin is going to support gays, his brother is one. It's not because deep down he feels like this behaviour is normal its because if he doesn't he's gonna hear about it 24/7. Lost souls. Spiritually ill. The funny thing about all of this is WHO CARES. You know who cares? Gay guys. Why? Because they are lost and desperate for acceptance by someone. It's a behaviour, not a race, not a gender, nothing more. Maybe 5% of gays and lesbians have birth disorders that lend them to be a transexual or something like that but the other 95% are just lost and lonely and found someone like themselves in another lost soul, so they had sex with them. Strahan is gay, so is Nash, so is Kerr. But the fact remains who cares. When did sports become not about the game? Can someone please start a website that reports on the game and not on crime and gay dudes."


Spoken like a true Steelers fan (at least the ones that I know - I'd hate to ignorantly generalize an entire population).  


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