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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 22, 2011
Posted on: July 13, 2011 12:04 am
 

Michael Irvin appears in 'Out,' supports equality

Dude you are an idiot "anarchy" You Serious??? Hey im straight I believe in equality for all But "anarchy" Wow!!! Straight people have been abusing the Sanctuary of marriage for as long as its been around...But thats okay!?!?! Good for you Mike!!! Speak your mind...When will people realize that Gay marriage will In No way shape or form effect straight people or straight marriage...People like this Warnertoholt just have hate in there heart....Less then 100 years ago it was not right for people of color to have rights... Keep putting a blind Eye on ALL the hate....God sees all and his opinion is the only one that matters....


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Since: Jan 1, 2009
Posted on: July 12, 2011 11:51 pm
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Since: Jun 12, 2009
Posted on: July 12, 2011 11:47 pm
 

Michael Irvin appears in 'Out,' supports equality

little ceasars:  Obviously you missed the line where I stated I could care less if they live openly or in the closet.  I believe that is very tolerant on my behalf.  Yet, I strongly, strongly, believe that they should not be allowed to get married.  That union belongs between a man and a woman.

By the way, I am sure Irvin's dead brother would be happy to hear that his homosexuality caused Mike to be a womanizer.  Irvin is a stooge.  I think the direct contact between the turf at Veteran's and his head has caused him to lose his common sense.


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Since: Jun 12, 2009
Posted on: July 12, 2011 11:31 pm
 

Michael Irvin appears in 'Out,' supports equality

Hey Mike...go back to snorting coke off of hookers bellies..nobody cares about your opinions on topics that really matter.  I am sure the gay and lesbian community are proud to be supported by a felon.  I agree 100% with Tyree...let the gays have their marches and their rainbow bumper stickers, start letting them get married and their will be anarchy.   Leave the sanctity of marriage alone.  I could care less if gays live openly or in the closet.  They can spend the rest of their life with their life partner acting like they are living normally.  Yet, trying to say they should be allowed to get married is morally and ethically wrong.   



Since: Mar 15, 2011
Posted on: July 12, 2011 11:25 pm
 

Michael Irvin appears in 'Out,' supports equality

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."
Michael's attitude seems most hypocritical to me.  I think making a point about acceptance and then expressing the opinion of not wanting to know any African-American who doesn't agree with him, well, it simply has me scratching my head.   



Since: Feb 28, 2011
Posted on: July 12, 2011 11:18 pm
 

Michael Irvin appears in 'Out,' supports equality

Also, since we are living in 2011 and not 1811 or 1911, the law of the land also relates to the Civil Rights Act of 1964 ( 88-352, 78  241, enacted July 2, 1964) was a landmark piece of legislation in the that outlawed major forms of discrimination against blacks and women, including racial segregation.


Again, the law of this country as I stated protects races and genders, as well as in other parts of the Constitution religious freedom. Again, for all the deaf or Morons, there are no current laws, Civil Rights Acts or Constitutional ammendments that protect a person based on sexual preference. That can be changed, but at the present, there are no protections or rights granted for gay marriages to not be discriminated against. Right or Wrong?



Since: Jan 3, 2007
Posted on: July 12, 2011 11:18 pm
 

Michael Irvin appears in 'Out,' supports equality

I'm all in favor of having a team called the San Fran Corn Holios.


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